Perl 5

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Perl 5 is a highly capable, feature-rich programming language with over 30 years of development. Perl 5 runs on over 100 platforms from portables to mainframes and is suitable for both rapid prototyping and large scale development projects.
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64 Exercises

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About Perl 5

package HelloWorld;
use strict;
use warnings;

sub hello {
  return 'Hello, World!';
}

1;

Perl v5 is a high-level general purpose programming language invented by Larry Wall and first released in 1987. It is an eclectic interpreted, procedural, loosely typed language. Its popularity peaked with the rise of the World Wide Web, though it remains widely used in Quality Assurance, IT infrastructure automation, text processing, bioinformatics and web application development, just to name a few areas. It is highly flexible, but this flexibility can have a follow-on maintenance cost.

Perl also has:

  • minimal built-in object support, but interesting 3rd party OO
  • first class functions
  • closures
  • a powerful built-in regular expression engine
  • the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN), a massive library of user-contributed modules

Every well-known Unix and Unix-style operating system ships with Perl included.

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Exercism is a great website where I was able to have some very interesting challenges.

Relaxed. Encouraging. Supportive.

Meet the Perl 5 Track mentors

Once you join the Perl 5 language track, you will receive support and feedback from our team of mentors. Here are the bios of a few of the mentors of this track.

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Andrew Grangaard https://github.com/spazm

My first professional programming was using perl, and I'm still going! Host of LA Perl Meetup. Also user of python, shell, C, ruby, haskell, rust, go, ...
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mienaikage https://github.com/mienaikage

A developer who first learned Perl 5 in a trial by fire, and then went on to build a programming career from it.
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Yanick Champoux personal tech blog

Perl necrohacker. Avid polyglot. Slightly bonkers all around.
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Monsenhor Kobkob

Under development. Perl monger since 1998.
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Joe McMahon https://github.com/joemcmahon

I've written Perl5 since Perl 5.6, and authored the internal comments for the Perl debugger.
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Zak B. Elep https://github.com/zakame

I've written Perl 5 for quite a while now at various $WORK, and worked on quite a few FOSS projects with it as well. I'd love to help other people on learning Perl 5, as well as learn from them along the way.
Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced Perl 5 exercises

These are a few of the 64 exercises on the Perl 5 track. You can see all the exercises here.

Hexadecimal
easy
math
Space Age
easy
misc
Secret Handshake
easy
misc
Meetup
easy
misc
Wordy
easy
misc
Triangle
easy
misc
Passionate. Knowledgeable. Creative.

Meet the Perl 5 Track maintainers

The Perl 5 Maintainers are the brains behind the Perl 5 Track. They spend their spare time creating interesting and challenging exercises that we can all learn from. We are incredibly grateful for their hard work. Here are the bios of a few of the maintainers of this track.

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Monsenhor Monsenhor Ricardo Filipo

Under development. Perl Monger since 1998.

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