2012’s 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

A look back at the most memorable events and products from 1987

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Roll the duct tape: Perl

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On Dec. 18, 1987, Unisys programmer Larry Wall releases Perl 1.0 to the comp.sources.misc newsgroup. From Perl.org: “Perl 5 is a highly capable, feature-rich programming language with over 23 years of development. Perl 5 runs on over 100 platforms from portables to mainframes and is suitable for both rapid prototyping and large scale development projects.” It’s also known far and wide as “the duct tape of the Internet.”

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