Perl 5 is a highly capable, feature-rich programming language with over 27 years of development. Perl 5 runs on over 100 platforms from portables to mainframes and is suitable for both rapid prototyping and large scale development projects. Perl is a family of languages, Perl 6 is part of the family, but it is a separate language which has its own development team. Its existence has no significant impact on the continuing development of Perl 5.
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