I have been writing software "professionally" since around 1980 and first encounterd perl in the early 1990s of so and have *always* disliked it. Last year I had to work on a project that was mostly developed in perl and it reminded me how much I disliked it. As a utility language, and one that I think is good for beginning programmers (especially for those working in a library) I'd recommend PHP over perl every time.
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> BTW, I think perl gets the short shrift as a utility language. People
> hate it because it's ugly, but for data manipulation and analysis, it's
> very practical.