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My first Perl application, after I put my Win3 app on hold, was a desktop GUI app for printing mailing labels. It had a builtin list building engine that scraped counties throughout Virginia and found information on new home buyers, and applications for building renovation.

It took me 20 days to develop. Perl/Tk.

If memory service me right, and I really could be wrong .. I think I must have been the first one in the world to hack together a bridge between Perl and Office 2000, because I had a developer preview. ActivePerl .. now that was a delightful platform.

Perl empowered me. If it wasn't for Perl, I might have quit software altogether and became a philosophy major, or worse, a mathematician.

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