I really like Perl and enjoy working with it - don't know about other things like Ruby or Python as I haven't worked with them.
I'm at the point when my life is going to take one way or another. I'm finishing college and since there is some mambo jumbo about laws in this country (we're adjusting them to the standard EU laws and Bologna convention) so it might happen that I will pause for one year.
I all ready planed to use that time for learning German as there is a possibility of continuing my studies in Vienna if things don't work out here ... Of course I would either get a full time job or work more as a freelancer than I do now.
But I also wanted to invest time into learning Perl better - to be a real pro. That would mean (but of course never say never - nothing is definite) that I would be pointing my life into Perl's direction.
So I wanted to know what do you folks think where Perl is going to stand in next 5 or 10 years? I don't think its reasonable to ask for a longer period as who knows what will happen with computers and related fields in general. And I believe that if I choose Perl I'll stick with it as long as it makes sense ...