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I have so much to say about this, but I'm not sure what would be covered under NDA, so I'll just say that learning Perl is not a bad idea for your IT career, especially if you're starting out. Perl is great in that it keeps concepts of low level data structures and linux constructs in the syntax so you can go either up or down the stack with it easily. It's very similar to a compiled language in performance and there is a rainbow of forks and derivative technologies that are so tuned and mature, they make SQL look like a social experiment. A lot of these technologies are just another unremarkable file in CPAN.

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