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I've just been curious. I know there is a huge range of perl experience and knowledge (not necessarily the same thing) here in the monastery.

For me, it was about two years ago now. I was doing some volunteer work for a students' society, and they wanted to look into online voting. I whipped up a quick and dirty cgi script to handle taking the votes and keeping track of who had voted. I did it with one flat file for the votes and one dbm file for tracking who had voted. I'm surprised that the damn thing works, now that I look back at it.

I'm embarassed to admit it, but, there was no taint checking, or warnings or strict. I didn't use CGI. Now that I think back to it, there was one hell of a race condition (all the votes were going into one flat file) that never even occured to me. Then again, I didn't know anything about databases, DBI, or even unix. It was an interesting project, that taught me the very basics of perl syntax.

Perl 4 syntax actually.

I am very happy about how my perl ability has grown over the last two years. And, I think I owe a lot of it to PerlMonks, and Ovid's CGI course.

In reply to What got you interested in Perl? by coolmichael

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