I was an early adopter of Perl in the late 80s as a graduate student at UCSD. I learned Perl from the first edition of Larry Wall's camel book "Programming Perl." Thirty years later, I continue to write Perl scripts to manage software builds and releases. As a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard in the early 90s, I wrote a lot of the glue-code for our protein folding research group, and all of the glue was in Perl. I've also written a Perl-based java-to-c++ translator. I have used Perl to write an automated C++-code generator for C-style structs, which helps with my binary file parsing work. I was the official reviewer of a 1999 book on programming with Perl. Perl has been described as the Swiss Army Chainsaw of the Internet. I can show you how to get the chainsaw going, keep it sharp, and avoid hurting yourself (and your work) as you cover a lot of ground on your coding to-do list with a few lines of Perl.