Perl is the granddaddy of the open-source scripting languages, with the 1.0 release seeing the light of day way back in 1987. By comparison, PHP wasn't released until 1994, and Python didn't have its 0.9 release until 1991—only the Unix shells themselves have an older pedigree.While there are no doubt some pretty intense apps written in Perl, it's time has passed. There are some rare but unfortunate situations when writing shell scripts is justified (*UNIX startup scripts for one), there is no excuse for initiating any new Perl projects in the 21st century.
Perl is not a wise elder. Perl is on life support and it is time to remove the feeding tube or call in Dr. Kevorkian.