Perl has enlightened me... It's made me realize that there are higher order concepts to worry about when programming, and to not get caught up in the semantics. So... I think that's helped me tremendously. At this point I think all programming languages are the same... In that I write my solution in a Perlish kinda way. The rest is just figuring out how to write Perl functions/constructs that don't have analogs or to just respect the local nuances/conventions/idioms of the language... (From what I've read recently elsewhere, Perl seems to have a lot of convenient idioms!)
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Perl also made me think of philosophy a whole lot more. I'm not sure what the philosophy of Perl is (I've read "everything is a string") but I do know that Java's philosophy is "everything is an object".
I dunno. It's hard to explain the rest. Perl has helped change the way I think about the world. Again, more philosophical concepts and abstractions and just fun stuff. Don't sweat the details.
Oh and in high school I was oft quoted saying "if I perl script can't do it, I won't"