I think I started playing with Perl at the end of 1999. The other day I found one of the first Perl programs I ever wrote.
I'm sure that we've all looked at code we wrote years ago and said to ourselves 'what the hell was I thinking?'. In fact I actually said that out loud when I saw that early program of mine. I think it was good to be reminded of that old code if only to serve as an indicator of how far I've progressed in the last 5 years. I know I've certainly learned a lot in that time and still continue to do so.