One thing I think it would be fair to note is the concept of "problem space". There are many areas for which Perl would be a stupid choice. There are many areas for which Perl would be a good choice, yet other languages would be an even better choice. I suspect that most of what Perl programs typically do right now might be better served by the cleaner syntax of Python, for example.
Much of the strength in Perl lies in learning the Byzantine modules, scoping issues, context rules, etc. If you're not willing to make that commitment to the language, other choices are superior, period. However, since this is a Perl forum, it doesn't serve me well to bash Perl, which I still love, warts and all.
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