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407 Name: ( ˃ ヮ˂) : 1993-09-6981 22:06

Perl is neat for what it was intended for--powerful, batch scripting. This includes serving up Web pages, which works great because Perl clearly pays a lot of attention to playing with text (regular expressions, lists, and so on).

It is a little ugly to look at sometimes, but it's a shame how it's dying out as newer, hipper languages crop up.

406 Name: ( ˃ ヮ˂) : 1993-09-6981 21:57

To get the only thing >>405 didn't cover, Perl's far from useless, a ton of stuff was and still is written in it. But in the past fifteen years or so it's lost a lot of popularity to other languages like PHP, Python, and Ruby. This is partially just a matter of fashion, partially some legitimate grievances with Perl (the big one being that Perl is perceived as extremely syntax heavy--that is, where Perl has a special form/operator to do something, many other languages would have a function in the standard library).
After you've learned one programming languages, others are generally pretty easy. Happy hacking!

405 Name: ( ˃ ヮ˂) : 1993-09-6981 20:54

If you can figure out what x = x + 1 might do, then The C Programming Language should be easy enough for you to understand. It's very clearly written and straightforward (there's a reason no other C books have overtaken it), but it isn't particularly fun unless you enjoy relatively ``low-level'' programming.
Frankly, you really don't need a lot of mathematics knowledge to be a programmer. You might have to know certain things for certain tasks (e.g. geometry and vectors for graphics and games programming) but you can safely get away with basic algebra, arithmetic, and an understanding of what particular algorithms do (even if you're cloudy on exactly how they do it).

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