in reply to 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. :-)

Oh well - if you are: Look here


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Re: Origins of the name Perl?
by Abigail-II (Bishop) on Feb 24, 2003 at 13:36 UTC
    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, N-H, 1974.

    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....