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The Perl client is still in development. For now, you can do a raw POST inside your Perl code to call any algorithm:

Calling an algorithm in Perl

use LWP::UserAgent;

# get your API Key at
my $api_key = 'YOUR_API_KEY';

# pick an algorithm at (and append a version number)
my $algo = 'util/Echo/0.2.1';

# most algorithms accept JSON Objects
my $post_data = '{ "hello": "world" }';

# prepare POST to algorithm endpoint
my $req = HTTP::Request->new(POST => ''.$algo);
$req->header('content-type' => 'application/json');
$req->header('Authorization' => 'Simple '.$api_key);

# run the algorithm and get the results (usually a JSON-encoded string)
my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new;
my $resp = $ua->request($req);

# if the POST succeeds, the returned $resp->decoded_content will usually
# contain JSON with either a 'response' field or an 'error' field
# consider using JSON::Parse to decode:
if ($resp->is_success) {
    print $resp->decoded_content;
} else {
    print 'POST error: ', $resp->code, ': ', $resp->message;

Additional information

While most algorithms accept JSON Objects, you can also use Content-Type: text/plain for ones which require bare string input, or Content-Type: application/octet-stream for those that require a binary (such as an image file). Adjust the line beginning with my $post_data as needed.

See the full cURL Client Guide and API Specification for additional details on calling algorithms and managing data with POSTs.