A seemingly silly question maybe.
I was just talking to a collegue, he said that he had some spare time and wanted to learn a new language... He is a UNIX head and was pondering java. I suggested he learnt perl; he asked why. That kind of stumped me, I explained how powerful the language is but without using examples 1 it was very difficult to get across.
It started me thinking, what is it in perl that sets it asside from other languages.. Is it some ethos some principle or what. In short why is perl so cool?
1. as we were walking along at the time so code was a little tricky to comunicate