Re: Perl.... Arrggh
"I started to learn perl - from books - and it was the worst experience ever."
'Programming Perl' and many of the manpages are indeed painful to read due to the appallingly verbose and chatty writing style. There are much better books like 'Effective Perl Programming' and 'Perl Best Practices" which don't make you want to jam sharp sticks in your eyes after the first couple of pages.
The language itself isn't too bad.