Is there in truth no Perl?
While working on my Tel Aviv.pm talk about DBIx::Class talk (more to follow on that), I met an acquaintance of mine from a deceased start-up I worked on a few years back. We chatted a bit, he said he's still writing in C/C++ (mainly GUI stuff), and when I mentioned I work with Perl nowadays, he said "Oh, I love Perl, I wish there were other languages like it". I, as usual, remarked that there are the Pythons, and even PHPs of the world, and he surprised me by saying "no, I mean really like Perl".
I raised the question in identi.ca (and Twitter), and found... not much. Marcus Ramberg suggested Objective-C as being "just as ugly and just as awesome as Perl". Dotan Dimet found Qore that "Looks like perl with a java accent". Others suggested, again, Python, which, in this context, could be seen as an "anti-perl", and Ruby, that I'm not very familiar with, but have the feeling borrowed features from Perl, rather than philosophy.
That made me think. Is Perl really a one-off, a, ahem, pearl of language design, formed from the beautiful mind of Larry Wall, but never before, or since, have been implemented in the design of a programming language? Or have there been other attempts in a similar vein that I have missed, what with there being 20 or 30 gazillion programming languages out there?