Would you consider the Perl programming language worth learning?

Question by TestTubeBaby: Would you consider the Perl programming language worth learning?
I am very intrigued by Perl, and have been studying it. Though it was once the most popular programming language used on web sites, it is no longer used very much at all. It is, however, still used for some network programming. I am not sure if I can apply this skill in the workplace. Any thoughts on Perl?

Best answer:

Answer by R.F.
Perl isn’t as popular as it used to be, but it’s still being used.
If you like Perl, then continue learning it.

But I’d suggest learning more than just Perl. In any IT job, the more you know, the better, and no programmer lists only one programming language on their resume.

If you’re in interested in web site development, then you have to learn PHP. It’s the most popular language right now. Javascript and Ajax are also important. You’ll also need HTML and CSS, but they aren’t programming languages, but they are easy to learn. It would also be very good to learn some content management systems like Drupal or Joomla.

If you’re more interested in web application development, then you should study more robust programming languages like Java or C#. There are a lot of other frameworks, like JSP that build the front end of web pages.

In other words, don’t stop with Perl. The more you learn, the easier it will be to pick up other languages.

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