in reply to So, just what exactly is it about Perl?
The third way.
Trying to learn a new language that at first sight is very poorly documented (no -- votes for this please... i have been using perl for a few months before finding this site, and learning how to use the docs properly)
I personally love multi-dimensional arrays, i use them most days that i program. I also love how Perl implements "multi-dimensional arrays", arrays of arrays, or arrays of hashes, etc, etc. Very flexible and i wish a few more languages implemented this. (I believe that C# has this option?)
Anyway, just a few more ramblings from another Perl newbie.