Perl continues to be a good programming language for creating websites, and creating in general. Indeed it’s one of the few dynamic languages that I find really suitable for large-scale development—not a small feat.
I thought it was fine storytelling, for what it was. I don't think I would want the whole front page full of stories like this, but I found it oddly refreshing to read a story on Hacker News that wasn't trying to teach or promote anything.
A story needs to submerge the reader in the story and emotions in the life of the protagonist; it needs to flow to grab the reader and good grammar is also a must. This is an example of a story not flowing (plus some grammar mistakes):
We delivered to Shlomo. He couldn’t believe how fast we did it. He couldn’t believe we also did the GIA certificates the way we did. He paid us in cash — $35,000. I took, $17,500. He gave us more work.