# Creating Variables in Perl

Perl variables do not have to be explicitly declared to reserve memory space. The declaration happens automatically when you assign a value to a variable. The equal sign (=) is used to assign values to variables.

Keep a note that this is mandatory to declare a variable before we use it if we use strict statement in our program.

The operand to the left of the = operator is the name of the variable, and the operand to the right of the = operator is the value stored in the variable. For example −

$age = 25; # An integer assignment$name = "John Paul";    # A string
$salary = 1445.50; # A floating point Here 25, "John Paul" and 1445.50 are the values assigned to$age, $name, and$salary variables, respectively. Shortly we will see how we can assign values to arrays and hashes.