Perl is an interpreted programming language. The homepage of the Perl project is http://www.perl.com. Perl is used to convert various text files into usable source code. Perl version 5.6 and above should work fine.
Perl is available for most of the UNIX-like platforms and as the perl package from the Cygwin setup.
If perl isn’t already installed or available as a package for your platform, you can get it at http://www.perl.com/.
After correct installation, typing at the bash command line prompt:
$ perl --version
should result in something like:
This is perl, v5.8.7 built for cygwin-thread-multi-64int (with 1 registered patch, see perl -V for more detail) Copyright 1987-2005, Larry Wall Perl may be copied only under the terms of either the Artistic License or the GNU General Public License, which may be found in the Perl 5 source kit. Complete documentation for Perl, including FAQ lists, should be found on this system using `man perl' or `perldoc perl'. If you have access to the Internet, point your browser at http://www.perl.com/, the Perl Home Page.
However, the version string may vary.