A recent slashdot article mentions this contest
which compares features and "program length" of various languages. I expected to see perl win, but it's currently in third place. Without resorting to obfuscation, I think perl could easily win this comparison. A lot of the scripts on the site are (unfairly) too long. Examples:
hello world: perl -le 'print "Hello World"'
should be: print 'Hello World' (code fragment like the other languages, not command line)
print first arg: perl -le 'print $ARGV'
should be: print shift
I think we should send the author of this site the proper perl scripts and make sure perl comes out on top.