Finally a place for people to weigh in where the parent node isn't a Diggthink-powered troll.
I use perl because
* it's on every *N*X server I encounter and I never have to install it
* I can use it for just about everything
* the might of clean code is insignificant compared to the power of a stream of oneliners
Given these three, even if there were no CPAN I would use perl. By way of analogy the trolls are saying I should throw away my dependable Swiss Army knife and learn how to use the new deluxe canopener that just came out instead. It bears mentioning that drivel like this never saw the light of day back when perl5 was released. We said things like "I like sed better than perl because I know it so well". We never said "perl is teh suxors, use C" and we killfiled anyone who did. We didn't have time for meaningless noise because we were too busy building the Internet with perl, all because we had a dream that someday moronic youngsters would be able to send each other into fits of apoplexic rage by insulting each others technology from a thousand miles away.