May I have a drum roll please!
Ok, Monks, I have spent quite a bit of time contemplating whether or not this write-up would be a complete waste of time due to it's insignificance, and whether or not it might even warrant some serious XP loss on my part (though I prayed that it wouldn't *big pouty eyes*). However, I'm doing it anyways, so here goes....
This is a tiny snippet of code, an excersise which teaches basic file manipulation, which is my current venture into the world of Perl. It means nothing, I'm sure, to the code catacombs per se, however, it's significance lies in it's construction. I wrote this in about 45 minutes, encountered several problems, researched them, de-bugged my code, got it working, and even used, at least to a point, a less verbose approach than usual, and I did it all by myself. It is the very first time in several months of hard core studying, that I have accomplished this feat. To be blunt, I just couldn't be more proud of myself...I even did a dance, a 5 minute long dance mind you, after seeing the beautiful output.
Now, before you hit the -- vote while thinking to yourself "I can't believe this absurdity...I could've written that in my sleep and never even needed to de-bug a thing", please allow me to quickly end this monstrosity by explaining why I went ahead with it.
There are a countless number of you, who have dedicated your precious time to answering my many questions over the last few months, all of them revolving around my inability to de-bug my own code without asking another Monk to hold my hand. I wanted to show all of you who were nice enough to help, that your effort was not in vain...ya'll taught me how to de-bug my code. This is a testament to every monk that has ever answered a SoPW question, just to watch that same monk who asked, completely ignore it and continue to ask about it over and over again. I know the experts on here get frustrated with us newbies for such things. So, I wanted to give tangible proof, that the Perl Monks are fantastic teachers and should be praised for it.
So, I hereby dedicate this to every Monk on here, that has ever taken the time to answer a newbie question, in an effort to further a fellow Monk's knowledge. Monks it is truly a privilege and an honor to be a recipient of your guidance!
UPDATE: Fixed the typo and forgotten close. Thanks hossman :D
Yes, I do realize that the file tests could have been performed without opening them, however, I didn't understand how to open files from the @ARGV, as it was my first time calling a program with file names behind it on the command line, so, I went ahead and researched it and incorporated it into my program, just to give myself the experience.