All of the above for me, also. Learning what development actually is. Design. Data structures. Efficiency. Even a sense of... well... responsibility. Whether that applies to owning a tough problem or simply taking care not to create a new one.
Perl is also good for learning how to think past your own ego. Not that I'm a terribly egotistical person, but sometimes you just think something should be done a certain way and that way stinks. You just need to be able to face the fact that you're wrong, get over it. Related to that, making progress in Perl requires you to be able to keep your mind open. And minds *are* like parachutes...
Also, starting this year, Perl is officially my income, so that's definitely a big change for me.
Where in the nursery rhyme does it say Humpty Dumpty is an egg?
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