Perl has been driving me crazy lately. I’m having to test, debug and develop somebody else’s code, which itself isn’t fun, and it being in Perl, plus having to test it mostly on Windows and IE just turns the whole experience into a horrible nightmare.
My search for Perl developers has been fruitless so far. You would think that the (once?) most widely used language on the web would be a pretty common skill, but all I found was one person with the right experience and he was on the other side of the country.
The good part? Seeing the fruits of going through such an experience. It’s just more satisfying if you’ve had to suffer a lot.
I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes. Perl is usually unmaintainable in all except the most trivial apps. Biggest perl script I have to maintain is around 100-200 lines, and we plan to port that to python as soon as I have the time to do so.