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    http://www.,,,,,,.PL?..... HUH!? ,what's .pl ?

    could someone please tell me what's a .pl file about?, a server-side language ?, what's his name ?, advantages/disadvantages ?
    please tell me more about that sort of .pl scripts, i've seen many of them around the web!

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    This is a PERL (Practical Extraction & Reporting Language... if I remember correctly) script. PERL use is huge excellent for string manipulation (and just about everything too), www.perl.com. Need I say anymore
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    Re: http://www.,,,,,,.PL?..... HUH!? ,what's .pl ?

    Originally posted by koolbrian
    could someone please tell me what's a .pl file about?, a server-side language ?, what's his name ?, advantages/disadvantages ?
    please tell me more about that sort of .pl scripts, i've seen many of them around the web!

    Brian
    .pl is a common extension used for Perl scripts. Many .cgi files are also perl scripts. Put simply Perl is an interpretted scripting language that is well suited for manipulating string (text) data. It isn't as fast as some other scripting methods, but it is very powerful and (relatively) easy to develop with.

    You can learn all about it at any of the following sites:

    http://www.cpan.org
    http://www.perl.com
    http://www.perlarchive.com

    Take care,

    Brian

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    perl is plenty fast

    once you learn the right tool. using persistance modules like FastCGI or SpeedyCGI, and of course with mod_perl, perl scripts are just as fast as any other method.

    using HTML::Mason (i'm trying out a bit now) you can embed perl into your HTML to get that PHP or ASP feel.

    and of course as you learn Perl for CGI uses, you're also learning a valuable general programming language.

    disadvantages: hmm, none that i can see!

    plus, Perl is just plain cool :-)


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