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Highly capable, feature-rich programming language with over 26 years of development
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What is Perl?

Perl is a general-purpose programming language originally developed for text manipulation and now used for a wide range of tasks including system administration, web development, network programming, GUI development, and more.
Perl is a tool in the Languages category of a tech stack.
Perl is an open source tool with 1.4K GitHub stars and 441 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Perl's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Perl?

Companies
795 companies reportedly use Perl in their tech stacks, including Amazon, Booking.com, and ROBLOX.

Developers
853 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Perl.

Perl Integrations

Sentry, Rollbar, Cloudinary, uWSGI, and IBM DB2 are some of the popular tools that integrate with Perl. Here's a list of all 34 tools that integrate with Perl.
Pros of Perl
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Lots of libraries
64
Open source
61
Text processing
53
Powerful
47
Unix-style
47
Regex
37
Stable
31
Concise syntax
27
Hackerish
21
Easy to use
13
Swiss army chainsaw
12
CPAN
12
Code Less Do More
9
Freedom
7
All purpose
5
Community
5
Familiar
5
Readability
4
Many ways to do it
4
Object-Oriented
4
Modular
3
It's the best one-off task language
3
Smart (does alot for you)
3
Postmodern
2
For a man
2
Good man pages
1
Multi-threaded support
1
Single Source Library (CPAN)
1
Auto case variables
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Decisions about Perl

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Perl in their tech stack.

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I intend to use a programming language which I'll use as AWS runtime and write a script that will comb through tons of files in a directory and its subdirectories and search for simple text regular expressions and process and write the matches in a file as output. I have heard that Perl is good for regex based search but I also want the performance to be good as it will have to go through tons of files for IO. In this post: https://filia-aleks.medium.com/aws-lambda-battle-2021-performance-comparison-for-all-languages-c1b441005fd1, I see that Rust works well as AWS Lambda runtime with very good performance. Which one should I choose as my AWS lambda runtime for this problem? Golang is also an option as it is fast as per the above link.

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Jobs that mention Perl as a desired skillset

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Perl Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Perl?
PHP
Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world.
Ruby
Ruby is a language of careful balance. Its creator, Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, blended parts of his favorite languages (Perl, Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada, and Lisp) to form a new language that balanced functional programming with imperative programming.
C lang
Java
Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. There are lots of applications and websites that will not work unless you have Java installed, and more are created every day. Java is fast, secure, and reliable. From laptops to datacenters, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere!
Python
Python is a general purpose programming language created by Guido Van Rossum. Python is most praised for its elegant syntax and readable code, if you are just beginning your programming career python suits you best.
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Perl's Followers
834 developers follow Perl to keep up with related blogs and decisions.