OK, I'm the last guy I would consider a 'programmer'. Even though I took it back in College and 'had to do it" when I first started in IT, those days are a long time ago.
I still dabble in scripting to automate tasks and basically make life easier for me.
Perl is a language I stubled upon about 8 years ago and still use it for basic tasks. In this example I show you how to create a simple perl script that collects a Cisco Switch log and write it to a file.