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2 definitions by Nick Mitchell

 
1.
Pratical Extraction and Reporting Language.

Perl is a script programming language that is similar in syntax to the C language and that includes a number of popular Unix facilities such as SED, awk, and tr. Perl is an interpreted language that can optionally be compiled just before execution into either C code or cross-platform bytecode. When compiled, a Perl program is almost (but not quite) as fast as a fully precompiled C language program. Perl is regarded as a good choice for developing common gateway interface (CGI) programs because it has good text manipulation facilities (although it also handles binary files). It was invented by Larry Wall.
When I used to code in C I used to get headaches. Now I use perl and my headaches are gone.
by Nick Mitchell April 12, 2003
 
2.
Someone who is paid to break shit. Then assumes the role of hero when the problem has been resolved.
The damn programmers broke the servers again. Call in the Network Engineers to fix it.
by Nick Mitchell April 13, 2003