Have you ever been there? Silently sitting watching a movie perhaps. Perhaps laying down for the night. When all of a sudden there's a spark, a sudden rush of calming white noise and the overwhelming sense that says "Ah!". You smile, comforted in the fact that all of the fear, uncertainty, and doubt has silently been transformed into something more organized. You finally "Get it". Everything comes together and the swirling sinking sensation has been replaced by smooth forward motion. Yes many of us have been there. It's a wonderful feeling.
I recently have had this experience of enlightenment concerning perl for the second time. The second however was "Ah, I don't get it... but I now know why." Followed by the calming rush, the soothing feeling that told me that even though I hadn't become one with perl, I knew which mountain to climb and which path to take to get to the top.
I suppose when I finally climb this mountain, Larry will be there solemnly coding away on perl 7+, and will simply look at me and smile, and say "Things have changed, read Randal's column about it. "