|laziness, impatience, and hubris|
I come from the same place as where you are at now.
I was a Windows Sys Admin for a while and started to "see if I could do it" using batch files. (Do it was all sorts of different mundane tasks.)Some-one told me to look at Perl. - WOW.. I haven't looked back since. In fact I have put together a Auto Call Logging system that does correlation etc from a management system (TNG) to the Helpdesk system ARS. Writing in Perl has taken over everything I do at work..
My first thought is can I do it in Perl. Sometimes I am critisized for this as there are often quicker point and click methods for doing the same thing... But Perl is fast if not already becomming a passion for me.
I found several really helpful resources on the web for assistance in learning perl.
1. You have found this one already. PerlMonks
3. For Win32 Resources and he has 2 great books out Dave RothThese have helped me more than I can repay. Hope they help you also.
Of all the things I've lost in my life, its my mind I miss the most.