in reply to Java Recommendations for a Perl developer

One strategy which consistently helps me when faced with an unfamiliar language or dialect is ... GitHub. On that site you can very quickly find debugged(?) source code in almost any language. Find things which do things that you already know how to do in Perl, check them out and compare them. While the languages are not directly comparable not at all, in this case the tasks being performed by each, are. And this can give you a handle on the new language, as well as the different ways that different programmers do the same things.