FAQ 1.10: Can I do [task] in Perl?

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1.10: Can I do [task] in Perl?

    Perl is flexible and extensible enough for you to use on virtually any
    task, from one-line file-processing tasks to large, elaborate systems.
    For many people, Perl serves as a great replacement for shell scripting.
    For others, it serves as a convenient, high-level replacement for most
    of what they'd program in low-level languages like C or C++. It's
    ultimately up to you (and possibly your management) which tasks you'll
    use Perl for and which you won't.

    If you have a library that provides an API, you can make any component
    of it available as just another Perl function or variable using a Perl
    extension written in C or C++ and dynamically linked into your main perl
    interpreter. You can also go the other direction, and write your main
    program in C or C++, and then link in some Perl code on the fly, to
    create a powerful application. See perlembed.

    That said, there will always be small, focused, special-purpose
    languages dedicated to a specific problem domain that are simply more
    convenient for certain kinds of problems. Perl tries to be all things to
    all people, but nothing special to anyone. Examples of specialized
    languages that come to mind include prolog and matlab.


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