introduction to web programming What is Perl 5 Perl 5 is the latest version in an ongoing evolution of the Perl language. The Perl 5 interpreter and language were released a few years ago to replace and upgrade the existing Perl 4 that had become the staple of many web developers.

By and large, as of 1998, most Internet Service Providers and systems administrators around the web have upgraded to Perl 5 so it should be available to you for web programming. If it has not been loaded onto your local system, you should direct your systems administrator to get the interpreter from http://www.perl.com/.

Perl 5 introduces a host of new features that are allowing Perl developers to keep pace with the demands of modern-day web applications development.

Specifically, Perl 5 introduces:

Letís take a look at each of this new functions:

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