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Things learned from Perl Monks
I must agree with AcidHawk... use strict; and use warnings; would rank very high on the list of things learned from my time (mostly lurking) on PerlMonks.org. As a matter of fact, I have revisited most of my older perl code and applied the wisdom and direction of use strict; and use warnings;. (Wow! I had some nasty code!)
I had hacked about and scripted with perl for a little while. Then I found The Monastery. I have discovered a vibrant community with a great deal to offer. I have spent more time reading and researching for my answers than I have posing questions. Most of the questions I have needed answered for making my code work has been found in previously established nodes. I'm also honored and pleased to find myself in the presence of some very skillful perl coders.
Above all, I enjoy the fact that I learn a little more about perl and its usage every day.