Furthermore, Larry switched from "Pearl" to "Perl" after
finding out "Pearl" was already the name of an existing
language. (Legends go that it's the name of a language to
do graphics in - it may be so, but I know there's also a
language to write real time programs in that's called "Pearl").
Re: Origins of the name Perl?
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Pearl is in fact the name of a (not-very-elegant)
programming language you may use for robotics. My first
contact with Perl was indeed, when I learned Perl and then
came into the course, where they expected people to know
Pearl. Man - I nearly collapsed. Then - they allowed
to program either in C or Pearl.
Me and a guy took the C, the rest of the class Pearl,
we finished 90% of the exercises, the Pearl-people
30-40%. So you really aren't interested in this language. :-)
I've a list of languages, and that list has no less than four
languages called 'Pearl':
Constable, Cornell U, 80's. Constructive mathematics.
Process and Experiment Automation Real-Time Language. A real-time
language for programming process control systems, widely used
in Europe. Size and complexity exceeds Ada. DIN 66253 Teil 2,
"Programmiersprache PEARL", Beuth-Verlag, Nov. 1980.
One of five pedagogical languages based on Markov algorithms,
used in "Nonpareil, a Machine Level Machine Independent Language
for the study of Semantics", B. Higman, ULICS Intl Report No ICSI
170, U London (1968).
Brian Randell, ca 1970. Multilevel language, mentioned in
Machine Oriented Higher Level Languages, W. van der Poel,
The second one on this list the one you are referring to.
Note also that the list I'm referring to dates from January
1995. There may be more Pearls now....