dead language for dead people
I appreciate PCRE, though. The OG PCRE, that is. I ain't re-learning that shit. Maybe they should be called RCRE, now that Ruby's the best language with first-class regular expressions.
Perl has a lot of support in bioinformatics. Particularly in Europe for some reason.
But even now Perl is being slowly phased out for python in bioinformatics. More so in the US.
However so many servers have scripts that are in Perl. Perl was basically the internet in the early 2000s. Perl is not going away anytime soon, but it's already evolving into an arcane language only known by the holiest of monks.
Also fuck Perl 6, it's an aborted fetus with a tumor on it's face
Perl is good because it is easy to make a forth in perl.
Python is the abortion, research more about Perl 6 before you spout nonsense
Leaving an interesting link for you guys http://www.builtinperl.com/
Keep telling yourself that, Perl 6 shill
I use Perl to write quick scripts that are a bit too cumbersome to write in Bash for whatever reason. That's literally about it.
Perl 6 is completely different and is actually quite interesting, however I don't use it for anything.
I prefer Perl for simple regex/data-cleaning scripts. You can often boil it down to one line whereas Python would be pretty verbose otherwise.
After learning an object oriented language like Java or c++, then learning a scripting language like python or Ruby, you usually can read just about any program and understand most of the syntax and guess what it's doing. People who know lots of langs generally have no fucking clue what is going on in a Perl program. Also Perl is just one of those clusterfuck languages in general.
Don't get me wrong, Perl has its place and some people use it very effectively, it just sucks for large projects with multiple people.
I hate it people made more tutorials for Python than Perl, suggest is better when is not. If you want the easiest syntax to learn then go for BASIC, but don't tell me Python is better than Perl.