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Re^3: Some Help for a Report About Perl

by eyepopslikeamosquito (Chancellor)
on Nov 05, 2017 at 04:33 UTC ( #1202772=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Some Help for a Report About Perl
in thread Some Help for a Report About Perl

Another thing, Perl is the "Practical Extraction and Reporting Language"

Please be aware that the name "Perl" is not an acronym. From

"Perl" is the name of the language. Only the "P" is capitalized. The name of the interpreter (the program which runs the Perl script) is "perl" with a lowercase "p" ... But never write "PERL", because perl is not an acronym.
Larry originally chose the name "Perl" -- after going through every single word in the dictionary! -- arbitrarily for its positive connotations. Actually, he originally chose "Pearl", but that name was already taken. So your "Practical Extraction and Reporting Language" is a backronym, invented after Larry had already chosen the name. One source for this is the draft Oxford English Dictionary entry:
Perl Brit.
Perl, perl, irreg. PERL
perl n. ,
arbitrarily chosen for its positive connotations, with omission of -a- to differentiate it from an existing programming language called Pearl. Coined by Larry Wall in the summer of 1987; the program was publicly released on 18 December of that year. Acronymic expansions of the name (such as Practical Extraction and Report Language and Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister), though found in the earliest documention for the language, were formed after the name had been chosen. Coinage details confirmed by personal communication from L. Wall, May 2000. A high-level interpreted programming language widely used for a variety of tasks and especially for applications running on the World Wide Web. The form Perl is preferred for the language itself; perl is used for the interpreter for the Perl language.

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