in reply to I have been away from perl for a long time. Need suggestions for getting back in the game!
Pugs is dead, or to be optimistic, stalled. The lead developer is no longer actively hacking on the project, and the effort required to apprehend a large Haskell codebase has so far defied some of the best and brightest minds who have time to spend on it. So unless you're an accomplished Haskell programmer, I wouldn't recommend it.
If you want to get in touch with what's happening in Perl 6, I recommend having a look at Rakudo.
To get up to speed with Perl in general, I recommend you have a look at use.perl, perlbuzz and Planet Perl. That will give you a feeling for where the community is moving these days.
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