How do I pick up a new language quickly, given I know several others?
I started a new job working on an application I'm vaguely familar with, and it's in PERL! I come from a PHP and Java background, so while I understand the basics, there are lot of nuances in PERL that make it troublesome.
So far I've been sifting through the code to understand what each part does, printed out copies of code and try to lookup APIs I'm not familiar with, and so I dunno how effective this process is -- I feel like it's gonna take some time -- and I dont want my new employers to feel like I'm not being productive.
Anyone have some ideas or approaches for this kind of situation?
I read some of the questions about learning new languages, but I'm curious to see if anyone's had experience with this with PERL.