Ok, this is probably only my crazy point of view:
Since you already worked with Perl before, you know it's a quite complex, living language. If you choose Perl 5 or 6 depends on what you want now. If you want to be on the edge of modern Perl, choose 6. If you want to implement practical projects, i would choose 5 at the moment any time.
You don't really learn a language (spoken, written, programmed doesn't matter) because you just want to. Not in any practical sense, anyway. You may learn the vocables and grammar by reading books. But you only learn the fine art of practical application by... applying it in practice.
- Start with small projects. Ever disliked that your digital music or video library has no consistent naming? A homebrew Perl script can fix that.
- Always wanted to professionally manage your families Piggy bank? Here's my version of that: 976888.
- Always a good starting point is writing your own minimal text adventure. This has input, output, text parsing, state handling and much more. See "Cavac does text adventure": 976036, 978081, 978256
- There are a few more useful nodes linked in my profile: 890813
So, just relax, take it easy and have fun!
"I know what i'm doing! Look, what could possibly go wrong? All i have to pull this lever like so, and then press this button here like ArghhhhhaaAaAAAaaagraaaAAaa!!!"
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