As a newcomer to Perl, I have found the language to be much easier to write and read than C, C++ or Java. I program as a hobby (was in a CS program at college, but that didn't pan out). At first I couldn't grasp some of the things (like an array, @list, being used in a scalar context as $list$i, with the dollar sign). Now, after a couple of months programming, I understand and appreciate these things. They give a contextual meaning to expressions and as long as you understand the context in whuch you're using a variable, it makes perfect sense and conveys much information to the reader.
I am afraid they will change Perl to make it more 'user friendly', esp. for novices, and that it will lose some of these quirks that make it so meaningful.
in reply to (A6) Perl 6, a general-purpose language?