+* How I found Perl, Wx and what lead me to write this book?
+These are the very first lines of my first book, but WxPerl always led my path.
+It led me to Perl somewhere around 2002/2003 when I did research in which language
+I should write the slickest editor of all. It only started with the attempt to
+write a plugin for my favourite HTML-editor, but thats another story.
+I needed professional visuals across the big platforms and a solid feature set.
+WxWindows (it is still before the rename) was my friend because its free and had
+with Wx::STC aka Scintilla a better edit component than the otherwise also
+appealing QT, which was then less free under Windows.
+Afterwards I learned how nice in comparison the community was that I have chosen.
+But Wx is written in C++ and I wanted to use something slightly more high level,
+since no contributors where in sight. The Ruby bindings looked a bit shaky so it
+became a race between Perl and Python. And at this time I had not much clue what
+I was reading about. I only recognized how witty and inspired Larry was and Guido
+appeared much more soothing to put it mildly. I was full of enthusiasm to find
+the astonishing world of Perl. Years later it turned out that this were the right
+criteria to judge not only the fun factor of a language. At least it worked for me.
+Years later I also found out: when I was rushing toward Perl,
+to many other it became uncool. What a satisfaction not to be mainstream.
Embracing the Perl community was a bit harder. Since 2003 I was happily tinkering
on PCE (the first intermediatory name of the editor this book is written with).
By accident I found the largest German Perl forum and stayed there, became a regular.