Perl is a general purpose programming language
. It has become the language of choicefor WWW development, text processing, Internet services,mail filtering, graphical programming, and every other taskrequiring portable and easily-developed solutions.
Perl is interpreted:
This means that as soon as you write yourprogram, you can run it -- there’s no mandatory compilationphase. The same Perl program can run on Unix, Windows,NT, Mac OS, DOS..