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GUI applications in Perl
as has been said you might want to look at Gtk-Perl (search for it here - there should be links to the good tutorial). I once wrote an application with it and was quite happy. Take a look at CSCMail which is a full blown EMail program with Gtk and Perl, so it should be possible to create larger applications with it (I think it is closely related to Pronto!, please look at freshmeat).
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