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Matthias Dallmeier matthias@d...
Tue Apr 27 14:53:41 NZST 2004

Drew Broadley wrote:

> When you refer to the language its PERL.

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.'s-the-difference-between--perl--and--Perl--

  -- Matthias

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