Basically I was interested in creating a website, so I taught myself, then I wanted to add a chat room, one I found was written in perl.
As my hosting at the time was linux and was CGI capable, I installed the perl chat as perl is a CGI language, but I soon wanted it to do more, add new features, etc.. So I read the source code and played about, guessing what things did, and basically taught myself by trial and error.
I then was required to put my skills into practice for my employer , so I hammered the Tek-Tips forum and was slowly taught to do things properly by experts.
I'm by no means a perl professional, but I have certainly built up quite a skill, and at the end of the day I like the language and its syntax, it really is a nice scripting language.
I keep humming and harring over learning PHP, or even .NET , but I still use perl everyday, as I can get things done in it.
Perl is quite old and is not likely to be around for the long hall, PHP was originally written in perl.
The need to learn it in your case is unlikely, as you have PHP and that is more common these days.
What makes you feel you should learn it? or want to? If it's just coz you feel like it , then go for it, i'll be more than happy to help where I can.
If it's for commercial reasons, to further your carrer, well I've never seen a job advert for web developement requiring perl, have you ?
Edited by 1dmf, 20 November 2009 - 12:23 PM.