Perl is a practical scripting language for the practical programmer. Perhaps your developing simple utilities where bash becomes unwieldy. Or processing text too complex for sed, but has all the programming constructs of a full language unlike awk. Perl has the full set of basic data structures (think JSON before the invention of the web!) and the means to easily process them. Because it is a large language with magical properties, Perl has the unfortunate reputation of being a write only language. This talk is aimed at demystifying Perl. So whether you have to maintain legacy code or write your own, you will be able to read and understand it and maybe enjoy it.