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Perl was invented around 1987, to replace:
(a) shell scripts, sed, AWK, etc.
It was quite successful
The original version had only a few data structures:
array (one-dimensional, scalar values only)
hash (maps strings to scalars)
All variables were global
Dynamic scope available
The syntax was an amalgam of C, awk, sed, grep, etc.
Clearly unsuitable for programming in the large
I would not have written a book about this language
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