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FAQ 1.12 What's the difference between "perl" and "Perl"? #3 553808

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1.12: What's the difference between "perl" and "Perl"?

    One bit. Oh, you weren't talking ASCII? :-) Larry now uses "Perl" to
    signify the language proper and "perl" the implementation of it, i.e.
    the current interpreter. Hence Tom's quip that "Nothing but perl can
    parse Perl." You may or may not choose to follow this usage. For
    example, parallelism means "awk and perl" and "Python and Perl" look OK,
    while "awk and Perl" and "Python and perl" do not. But never write
    "PERL", because perl is not an acronym, apocryphal folklore and
    post-facto expansions notwithstanding.



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