18th October 2018: PostgreSQL 11 Released!
Supported Versions: Current (11) / 10 / 9.6 / 9.5 / 9.4 / 9.3
Development Versions: devel
Unsupported versions: 9.2 / 9.1 / 9.0 / 8.4 / 8.3 / 8.2 / 8.1 / 8.0 / 7.4 / 7.3

39.2. Data Values in PL/Perl

The argument values supplied to a PL/Perl function's code are simply the input arguments converted to text form (just as if they had been displayed by a SELECT statement). Conversely, the return command will accept any string that is acceptable input format for the function's declared return type. So, the PL/Perl programmer can manipulate data values as if they were just text.