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I'm in a pure Perl group (we use bits of Java, C, ActionScript, etc) at a Fortune 20 company.

Perl is a first class language. It has the best Unicode support, it has to some, and regardless of whatever bowing and scraping about bolt-ons some feel is necessary, the best object oriented systems around (vanilla, inheritance, mix-ins, roles, coercion, etc), it's still ubiquitous (excepting mobile), it has the lowest defect density of any high level language, it's very fast for a dynamic language, it has great community support, it has the CPAN, etc.

I'm also sick of the Perl bashing, and even the half-hearted apologetic support from some users bothers me. I adore Perl. You can write lousy code in any language though I admit Perl gives you plenty of rope to do so. Perl also has some of the best testing tools so bad code in Perl is *only* a reflection of the developer and, like PHP, the low barrier to entry. Perl's greatest weakness in the flame game is that it's so flexible and so easy to learn, non-programmers have written lots of code in it.

If you're willing to relocate and have decent chops there are tons of Perl jobs. On a personal note, you need to do what will make you happy. If that's Perl, great. If not, find it and don't worry. Haters gonna hate.


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