After 4 years of experiments and many other languages, frameworks, systems down the line, including life changing experiences ... finally I have reached a more meaningful conclusion.
Perl is still one of the best languages around. Not just because of the quality, performance, community and all the good stuff that makes a language great, but also because of the lack of bull shit.
There are many stuff in Perl that makes the ultimate sense. Without explanation (too much to explain) I will just list what I have found to be the best features that I love so much about Perl or for that matter any system that would have them.
1. Simplicity and compactness. Bigger is not better and larger is often clumsy.
2. Evolving nature, TIMTOWTDI is the key of evolution!
3. Array is argument function can't be beaten! Function arguments must be dynamic.
4. A little messy is always good. You always start off neat and pretty, but in time the workshop floors will accumulate mess. If it doesn't then you are probably not doing your job well!
There is always magic in mixing things up. Simplicity often masks the presence of great power. It's the non obvious that often escapes us, but holds key to true technologies of tomorrow!