why need perl? If you need strong text regex processing ,use perl!
One paragraph I copied from perldoc perlintro:
The language is intended to be practical (easy to use, efficient, complete) rather than beautiful (tiny, elegant, minimal). Its major features are that it’s easy to use, supports both procedural and object-oriented (OO) programming, has powerful built-in support for text processing, and has one of the world’s most impressive collections of third-party modules.
To me, perl means a report programmer with practical experience.