Embedding Perl on Android

The choice of using Perl in an Android project may not seem like an obvious one, indeed its not one that I would often recommend. However, with one of the largest repositories of free code in the world available through CPAN, the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network, the choice can come down to leveraging an off-the-shelf project. The one that got me interested was ExifTool by Phil Harvey that is by far the most powerful EXIF reader and writer out there. Why re-invent the wheel?

The Scripting Layer for Android (SL4A) project attempts to make, amongst other things, Perl scripts…