"Source code available
There's a lot of source code available I can learn from and adapt
for my needs. This is one of the nice things of being on an open
source os. Even when I just grep trough my /usr/bin (grep
"bin/perl" /usr/bin*) I find a lot of perl programs I can try to
read which are written by experienced programmers. Maybe I can even
one day contribute something back to the open source community.
I think it's very nice to write command line programs and there's a
lot to say for it, but writing GUI programs just attracts me a lot
more. I've been reading about the gtk2-perl toolkit and it seems
real easy to create and adapt programs based on this. And as it
seems to be installed by default (the gtk2 libraries are part of
gnome I believe) this makes my programs portable too, so I can
easily show off to my friends and colleagues"