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What is Perl? Highly capable, feature-rich programming language with over 26 years of development. Perl is a general-purpose programming language originally developed for text manipulation and now used for a wide range of tasks including system administration, web development, network programming, GUI development, and more.

What is PowerShell? A task automation and configuration management framework. A command-line shell and scripting language built on .NET. Helps system administrators and power-users rapidly automate tasks that manage operating systems (Linux, macOS, and Windows) and processes.

Perl can be classified as a tool in the "Languages" category, while PowerShell is grouped under "Shells".

Perl is an open source tool with 436 GitHub stars and 152 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Perl's open source repository on GitHub.

MIT, DuckDuckGo, and Tilt are some of the popular companies that use Perl, whereas PowerShell is used by Rev.io, Nexosis, and Navitaire. Perl has a broader approval, being mentioned in 133 company stacks & 64 developers stacks; compared to PowerShell, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 73 developer stacks.

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Pros of Perl
Pros of PowerShell
  • 70
    Lots of libraries
  • 64
    Open source
  • 61
    Text processing
  • 53
    Powerful
  • 47
    Unix-style
  • 47
    Regex
  • 37
    Stable
  • 31
    Concise syntax
  • 27
    Hackerish
  • 21
    Easy to use
  • 13
    Swiss army chainsaw
  • 12
    CPAN
  • 12
    Code Less Do More
  • 9
    Freedom
  • 7
    All purpose
  • 5
    Community
  • 5
    Familiar
  • 5
    Readability
  • 4
    Many ways to do it
  • 4
    Object-Oriented
  • 4
    Modular
  • 3
    It's the best one-off task language
  • 3
    Smart (does alot for you)
  • 3
    Postmodern
  • 2
    For a man
  • 2
    Good man pages
  • 1
    Multi-threaded support
  • 1
    Single Source Library (CPAN)
  • 1
    Auto case variables
  • 1
    Hashes
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    Cons of Perl
    Cons of PowerShell
    • 3
      Messy $/@/% syntax
    • 3
      No exception handling
    • 2
      No OS threads
    • 2
      Bad OO support
    • 2
      "1;"
    • 1
      Copy-on-create for interpreter-based threads
    • 1
      Barewords
    • 1
      Errors/warnings are ignored by default
    • 1
      Variables are global by default
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      What is Perl?

      Perl is a general-purpose programming language originally developed for text manipulation and now used for a wide range of tasks including system administration, web development, network programming, GUI development, and more.

      What is PowerShell?

      A command-line shell and scripting language built on .NET. Helps system administrators and power-users rapidly automate tasks that manage operating systems (Linux, macOS, and Windows) and processes.

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