OK I am one of those who write Perl code but are not Perl programmers.
Perl does not have to be cryptic. But my guess is that the moment you become a proper Perl programmer you start to achieve your objectives with lesser (and perhaps more efficient) code and perhaps code that looks less readable to the non-monks.
This does not happen so much with other languages. Everyone writes more or less the same way. Popularity of a language will suffer if the non-monks are not comfortable with.
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