in reply to Old Programmer New To Perl
"I was told by some folks at mersenneforum.org that membership here can be tough"
At a quick glance I can see one person suggest that to you, not exactly a representative sample set. See Tutorials->Understanding and Using PerlMonks->PerlMonks for the Absolute Beginner. Where should I post X? and other links are displayed each time you post (this section of the site is for perl questions).