"Perl and PHP are great scripting languages. Perl has led the
web scripting language race for quite a while without much
competition. But now PHP has been born. Don't get me wrong- Perl is
an excellent programming language and is still very, very useful.
But PHP was created solely for use on the web and therefore has
many benefits over Perl. Perl is still used for
application programming and other purposes, and in order to
accommodate for this, it has many downfalls that prevent it
from being the perfect language for web development. That perfect
language is PHP."