in reply to I think Perl ruined me as a programmer
I'd have to agree, C64 V2 Basic, then Turbo BASIC/Pascal, and finally Perl. Now I program for a living in SAP's ABAP (think COBOL + SQL) and it drives me mad at the number of things that are built into Perl and are easy to do and are hard in ABAP. Don't even mention CPAN, SAP has nothing even comparable, everything has to be written or bought in...
Once you get use to a language like Perl, it is hard to go back to a less programmer friendly one.