[This is a special Blast from the Past post where I republish Randal Schwartz’s original “Formats” chapter from the first edition of Learning Perl. I’ve really liked this output feature which has mostly been left behind by the online world that doesn’t do physical pages. It hasn’t been worth the 10 or so pages it would take up in the print version of the book, so I present it here mostly as it appeared—historical warts and all.]

What Is a Format?

Perl stands, among other things, for “Practical Extraction and Report Language.” It’s time to learn about that “…Report language” business. Continue reading “Formats”