Perl is a high-level, general-purpose programming language with a syntax that allows programmers to write concise code, and yet is powerful enough to handle complex tasks. It was originally designed for text manipulation, but now it is also used for system administration, network programming, web development, bioinformatics, and other applications. Perl is one of the most popular programming languages in use today. It has been called "the duct tape of the Internet" because it can be used for so many different tasks. Perl is easy to learn for beginners, yet it also has features that allow experienced programmers to do sophisticated work.