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- Perl, PHP, and Python are used in many software projects today due to their flexibility, simplicity, portability and extensibility. To help you gain a better understanding of their popularity with Open Source developers, this article takes you through a tour of the important features and functions of Perl and Python. Using these language extensions in combination with IBM''s DB2 database and with Web services provided through the Google APIs, they build a client and server-side application in both Perl and Python.