Perl coming to Android phones

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By François Charette

Android is an operating system for mobile phones that runs a modified Linux kernel and the Java environment. The Android Scripting Environment (ASE) allows you to edit and execute scripts directly on the Android device. Until now only Python, Lua and BeanShell were supported, but a request was filed to add Perl as well. Recently, support for Perl was added to the development tree, and today that feature request was closed, and is part of OSE 0.11 alpha.

This means we can expect that Perl will be officially supported on Android with the next stable release of the ASE. It will then be possible to write neat Perl programs on an Android phone, like this "hello world" example.

François Charette is an independent scholar in the humanities with a passion for Perl. He is the initiator and co-developer of Biber, a BibTeX replacement written in Perl.

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