bjg has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi all

I've been using Perl for some UNIX administration tasks, but only the very basics.

I want to learn more, and I have a web project coming up, so want to use Perl. I usually use PHP for web stuff, but I want to use Perl since I find it great for admin scripting tasks, so want to get better at it.

I've been recommended a template system like TT or Mason, but I really want to get my hands dirty with Perl without getting confused. Do people recommend I go this route? The first site coming up is only small and besides including files, I think I could do most of it with just Perl by itself.

While I'm posting, I have a technical question: I've searched the net and haven't found an equivalent function to PHP's include() - basically I need to embed a file that needs to be parsed by the Perl compiler - any ideas?