Perl is an all-round, multi-purpose programming language. It may not be as high-profile as other programming languages, and as recently as 2016 came under fire for not being as powerful as those more popular versions. There has always been competition between programming languages but, in Perl’s case, it has been sidelined with no thought as to its actual capacity. Used to build websites, there are in fact a number of extremely high-profile sites that use this language as their complete base. There are, of course, many more sites than those mentioned below; these just represent the biggest sites using Perl.
For the film buffs out there, the Internet Movie Database is the first place to go to find information about any movie or TV show, and the people who make them. This incredibly detailed, constantly updating database of all things movie and TV-related is built entirely by Perl. The site itself was created in 1990 by the programmer Col Needham. 8 years later, Amazon bought it out. The whole database is run entirely on Perl, and by 2016 had seven million personalities and 3.7 million titles all within its easy-to-use and eminently searchable database.
As Amazon bought out IMDB, it makes sense that this site would also use Perl, and it has done from the very beginning. It started life as a Perl shop, which gradually got smaller as Amazon grew. Now the site uses a number of different languages to compete with the complexity of the site, and these include Java, C++ and, of course, Perl.
The largest broadcaster in the world is the British Broadcasting Corporation – who hasn’t heard of the BBC? And yes, it uses Perl for its website as well. The site offers a number of different BBC products that also use Perl, notably the BBC iPlayer. This has opened up a whole new world for Perl software developers on just this one site.
One of the worlds largest website about binary options, a type of financial instruments, uses PERL to operate the database that allows the visitors to compare binary options brokers. The database makes it easy to only see the brokers that offer the desired features. The website it not completely reliant on PERL. It also uses JAVA and PHP to provide the user with the best possible experience.
Booking.com has the distinction of being the largest online accommodation bookers in the world. Whilst not completely reliant on Perl, the site does use the language to a large degree throughout its site. It is rumoured that close to fifty percent of the IT department are in fact Perl developers. Booking.com is supported by a 2-million-line code, providing customers with access to its excellent features in a smooth fashion.
These sites all use Perl extensively through their creation and prove emphatically that Perl is a programming language that is here to stay. Many of these websites would even have been initially developed before there were other languages like PHP in place. With Perl’s extensive module options and excellent database functioning, these websites rely on the Perl frameworks successfully providing them with a smooth-running site.