The classic Perl programming language for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Programming language is a perfect tool for studying, complex mathematical calculation, entertainment and many other useful tasks. The application is especially useful for learning the Perl programming language. You have to buy compilations inside the application. Internet connection is required.

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- Compile and run your program.
- Text input before program run and text output.
- Enhanced source code editor with syntax highlighting, line numbers, color themes and additional keyboard.
- Import and export programs by iTunes or by email.
- Online language reference and several program samples.


- Internet connection is required to compile and run a program.
- Graphics, network, file system and real-time input are not supported.
- Maximum running time of a program is 15 seconds.

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Perl is a high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Perl was originally developed by Larry Wall in 1987 as a general-purpose Unix scripting language to make report processing easier. Since then, it has undergone many changes and revisions and become widely popular amongst programmers. Larry Wall continues to oversee development of the core language, and its upcoming version, Perl 6. Perl borrows features from other programming languages including C, shell scripting (sh), AWK, and sed. The language provides powerful text processing facilities without the arbitrary data length limits of many contemporary Unix tools, facilitating easy manipulation of text files. Perl gained widespread popularity in the late 1990s as a CGI scripting language, in part due to its parsing abilities.

In addition to CGI, Perl is used for graphics programming, system administration, network programming, finance, bioinformatics, and other applications. Perl is nicknamed "the Swiss Army chainsaw of programming languages" because of its flexibility and power. It is also referred to as the "duct tape that holds the Internet together", in reference to its ubiquity and perceived inelegance.

Larry Wall began work on Perl in 1987, while working as a programmer at Unisys, and released version 1.0 to the comp.sources.misc newsgroup on December 18, 1987. The language expanded rapidly over the next few years.

Perl 2, released in 1988, featured a better regular expression engine. Perl 3, released in 1989, added support for binary data streams.

Originally the only documentation for Perl was a single (increasingly lengthy) man page. In 1991, Programming Perl, known to many Perl programmers as the "Camel Book" because of its cover, was published and became the de facto reference for the language. At the same time, the Perl version number was bumped to 4, not to mark a major change in the language but to identify the version that was documented by the book.

What’s New

Version 13.0

Added iOS 13 support.

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

XRC’er by day, Papa by night ,

Not bad for a first attempt...

First, I want to say THANKS. I have been looking for a Perl scripting/programming tool for the iPad/iPod since the generation 1 iPod Touch arrived, and here it is... so, thanks. I look forward to improvements.

I would like to see improvements to the file system interface, perhaps a directory manager to manage Perl programs and their files. I have not yet tried any file i/o, but my first look didn't find great tools for managing my own .pl files let alone Perl program created files.

It is slow; don't expect fast runtimes. I can live with this, as my primary reason for wanting to do Perl on the iPad is for entertainment value on long flights.

I would LOVE some form of Dropbox integration so that Perl programs and files written on my Macs and PCs can be shared/sync'd with my iPad whenever I am within range of a data link (WIFI for me).

Again, I look forward to seeing a version 2, so keep at it.

Juhbvccgb ,

Can’t run anything before paying

The program is completely worthless unless you’re ready to pay for the privilege of actually running your script. It starts you with 0 compilations available. What a joke.

August Blackburn ,

It's a start, but needs more

This is a pretty cool app, but it is limited. I think the idea for this app is great, however the implementation is limited. For example, <STDIN> in the 'HELLO WORLD' example provided doesn't work. I would give it a higher rating if < STDIN> worked. This app is a good start, but clearly not a finished product. If you are trying to learn perl don't start here because this app will mess you up on some of the basics.

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