A powerful scripting language very popular in the Unix world, probably because anyone familiar with Unix tools like awk and sed can quickly make use of Perl's much more powerful abilities. Perl lacks the rigid rules of many programming languages, which is also appealing to casual script writers. It's also true that you can get quite a bit of use from Perl without learning very much about it. All these things combine to make Perl very popular. See Why I love Perl
I recommend learning Perl rather than general shell scripting. Shells like bash may or may not be available, but Perl almost always is - even on Windows!
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The camel has evolved to be relatively self-sufficient. (On the other hand, the camel has not evolved to smell good. Neither has Perl.) (Larry Wall)