It's easy to use, very powerful and multiplatform. It has been created in 1987 and it use some of the fonctionality of the C language.
It's very efficient for string computing with this very powerfull regulars expressions.
What is great with Perl is that it has a lot of libraries like for socket using or for http access.
Example of the syntax :
my %foo = ( bar1 => [1,2], bar2 => [3,4});
Example of programs made in Perl :
- Irc bots