I started learning PHP and I was able to get myself familiar with it. Now, I want to explore other programming languages like PERL so that I can compare it myself to PHP. Will I be confused to learn two language? Or are there any disadvantages?
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I would spend some time getting decent at your first language, but once you have done that start exploring. There are a lot of languages out there and a lot of them are nicer then PHP or do something better.
I would take a look at the book "Seven Languages in Seven Weeks" which will walk you threw Ruby, IO, Scala, Prolog, Erlang, Clojure and Haskell which will make you learn a whole bunch of new ways to code.
Short Answer: If you’re just starting your programming career, then I would advise you to focus on learning just one programming language at a time.
This is because there’s little to be gained by listing many programming languages on your resume without really being good or highly skilled in any of them!
As a general rule, it’s far better to learn one programming language and master it well before learning other programming languages.
Learn anything that interests you. If you want to learn Perl instead of studying PHP go ahead. The most important thing is to be learning something. In my opinion, knowing multiple languages at some level makes a better programmer than knowing only one in depth.
I too started out with PHP. It's a good first choice as there is a pretty large community, and there is a good chance you can pick up a job writing it.