So, I'm an embedded firmware engineer who lives in the realm of C 99% of the time, and I am trying to decide on a scripting language to use for general work around my system.
Like most everyone else I've narrowed it down to Perl or Python. And as I do not use scripting too frequently in my area of focus I can only commit to learning one or the other.
I've done my share of googling and have come to the conclusion that everyone else thinks I should learn Python. It is cleaner, more directly readable, has built-in OO, is more popular, and has a new version already in use. My logical side says this is the one.
But that little voice in my head that made me learn Vim, Sed, AWK, Bash, and other (relatively) ancient tools is nagging me in the direction of Perl. I also enjoy working with Linux, so may be doing some hobby work at a higher level there when I have more free time.
So, as Perl Monks, I want you to convince me that my logical side is wrong and I really should learn Perl. (Make the little voice happy ;) )