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PL/SQL tends to be faster when using its builtin operations. However, Perl is infinitely more flexible, and the availability of CPAN modules make it a winner when it comes to functionality. Once Perl is parsed and compiled, it's pretty fast.
Actual speed really depends on what you're doing and how often you do it. The number one bottleneck is interpreter initialization (see mod_perl), but that's a one-time hit especially if you're using app server connection pools or Apache::DBI. And
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