Being involved (even if only slightly as compared to some) at the Monastery is a pleasure. I come here just to find out what others are working on, and how others go about learning.
I will participate now and again to to practice talking about the language a bit, as a refresher, so bear with me if I say/ask something obvious. You can see a bit about me at Me, just in case you give a damn... . A good deal of my work experience has been in product and process research and development. I have played a number of roles along the way. Perl (mostly LAMP) has been a part of those roles since 1995. I currently work as a Manufacturing Execution Systems project lead at a large agricultural equipment company.
I am a big fan of Linux, and generally dislike Windows and their product. I have nothing against Microsoft as a company, after all, they make boatloads of $$ and it is hard to argue with that. There is something about Unix/Linux though, that I simply like. I certainly like the fact that Linux and Perl are community projects. There are lots of others too, but these are two that I know. I am by nature a generalist. My interests are too varied for me to fit well into the "specialist" or "expert" categories. I am comfortable with that.... OK, enough about me already!
Just a hint for those that are new and happen to get to this node. I have been observing/participating here for a some time now. Some observations that you might want to consider if you have questions:
This is a community in every sense of the word. There is of course a hierarchy, and it is not exclusively measured in XP. Folks have good days and bad, get along sometimes, and don't other times. It takes time to blend in... .
That being said, This is a fun place to learn! Not only what people think about Perl, but more importantly HOW they think about Perl. Exposure to this exchange of thought will stretch your mind, and probably enhance your skills.
Incidentally, I am not really sure if this is an appropriate place to make these comments, (or how appropriate the comments might be for that matter) but here they are. Take 'em or leave 'em. It is my node.. :-)
When one ties that kind of presentation to a database, the results can be very useful.
..as always, my curiosity and amazement far outstrip my skills and abilities, but I do have fun...