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Matthew Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062749

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.001.0001

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Software Studies

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Adrian Ward

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This chapter describes the concept of Practical Extraction and Report Language (Perl), a programming language tailored with the help of shell or awk programming. The beginning of the chapter explains the early history of Perl and continues the exploration with the naming convention of this concept. The chapter explores the reasons of Perl's representation as the interpreted scripting language and the first postmodern computer language with illustrations. Furthermore, it discusses the role of code work in Perl and explains that programming with Perl emphasizes materiality conditions.

Keywords:   Perl, shell/awk programming, interpreted scripting language, postmodern computer language, code work, materiality

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