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Perl is a high-level, general-purpose programming language that makes easy things easy and hard things possible. It is optimized for scanning arbitrary text files and system administration. It has built-in extended regular expression matching and replacement, a dataflow mechanism to improve security with setuid scripts and is extensible via modules that can interface to C libraries.

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2010-04-22 20:00

This release introduces several new features, such as caller(), anonymous packages, named parameters, the Yada Yada operator, and pluggable keywords. substr() arguments are no longer restricted to 32 bits. Y2038 compliance is now ensured. Unicode support was improved. Many other improvements were made.
Tags: Major feature enhancements, Stable

2009-10-05 18:19

This development release introduces several new features, such as caller(), anonymous packages, and named parameters. Many improvements were made.
Tags: Development

2007-12-19 15:30

This version includes a new smart match operator,
a switch statement, the // defined-or operator,
regular expression improvements, and other
language changes (some inspired by Perl 6). The
Perl interpreter itself is faster, with a smaller
memory footprint and several UTF-8 and threading
Tags: Major feature enhancements

2006-02-02 10:17

2005-06-29 08:39

This is a maintenance release for perl 5.8,
incorporating various minor bugfixes and
optimizations. Unicode Character Database 4.1.0 is
used. An optional site customization script is
available. is now much smaller. Various
modules were upgraded. Minor performance
enhancements were made.
Tags: Minor bugfixes

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