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I have worked at one of the world's largest software companies (starts with "M") and they use tons of Perl scripts. True hackers know that Perl gets the job done quickly.
And then there are the straight C/C++/C#/Java types that can't do a damn thing outside of their IDE.
It pretty much analogous to musicians that can read music, but cannot write or improvise. And those musicians that cannot read music, but can write and improvise.
Is programming in your blood? Then you're probably using Perl to make quick utilities and glue open source tools together into new systems.