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Perl.org answers the question, What is Perl?:
- Perl is a stable, cross platform programming language. It is used for mission critical projects in the public and private sectors and is widely used to program web applications of all needs. See learn.perl.org
The Perl Directory
- About Perl – You can learn about Perl's history, success stories, and where to get downloads
- CPAN – the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network and "source for all things Perl" is the main repository for Perl modules, scripts, binaries, ports, source code, documentation and a host of other goods.
- Perl Core Development – Links to dev.perl.org sites about Perl 5, Perl 6, Parrot, Pugs, and others new developments, bug reporting and fixing and so forth.
- Application Programming – Links to CPAN's exhaustive module list, dbi.perl.org for database programming and to perl.apache.org, where an embedded perl interpreter called mod_perl is provided for the Apache web server.
- Events and Conferences – YAPC.org (Yet Another Perl Conference), The O'Rielly Perl Conference, local meetings, Summer of Code, etc. Perl people like to congregate.
- Online Documentation – Links to the all-important perl manual pages at perldoc.perl.org. Also to FAQs, mailing list archives and other documentation.
- Books and Articles – Links to the Perl Review, Perl.com, PerlCast, reviews, library and where to find the famous "Camel Book", "Llama book" and others.
- The Perl Community – Links to Perl Mongers, Perl Monks, Mailing lists, Planet Perl, use Perl and the rest of the big and friendly Perl community.
- The Perl Foundation – The umbrella organization for various Perl projects (as the Wikimedia Foundation is to Wikiversity)