"You don’t have to know how to program in PERL, you just have to know how to use PERL."
PERL, in case you don’t know, is a programming language. If you’re not going to program in PERL, what are you going to do with it?To me that’s like saying you don’t have to know how to ride a bicycle, you just have to know how to use one.
Let me guess . . . Was it a recruiter or a hiring manager who said that?