I have no experience with Perl and suspect it may be the best choice of technology for a financial analysis and reporting website I am making. I expect to allow users to upload PDF's or CSV files to my website, which my site will then parse, summarize and generate new reports.
There will be times when my logic needs to access published national standards tables for a specific record with names like:
CPS Retail 2 Max (Developing Markets only)
CPS Retail Key Entered
from a list of thousands of items
So, this is the reason I suspect Perl is a good choice.
Can someone please confirm that and show me why Perl is so good for pattern matching?
Is it a front end or a back end technology? What other technologies often work well with Perl? It is compiled? Or is it a script?