I think the comment that you make about feeling spoilt by the flexibility and capability of Perl is absolutely fair - Moreover however, I have found Perl to provide a robust and flexible basis from which to learn more about how things can (and at times, should) be done.
Indeed, from the knowledge basis that Perl has given me and the rounded understanding about how system processes and applications should be development, I have been able to build quite extensively upon the preliminary knowledge that I had in some lower level languages and concepts to work nearly wholly in embedded and new-hardware development environments. This work includes tasks such as interpreting schematics and developing hardware drivers, developing embedded firmware and developing commercial communication protocol implementations, a level of development which I once thought would be beyond me.
In short, I think the flexibility and capability of Perl is not so much a limit for cross-development on other languages and platforms, but rather a spring-board from which I can test and experiment with new ideas ahead of launching into more advanced development challenges.
perl -le "print unpack'N', pack'B32', '00000000000000000000001000000000'"
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