As a programmer, I have found that system administration benefits from a lot more programming than most people realize. Scripting languages are not limited to just the UNIX shell – nor to Perl.
There is a new blog, a sister blog to this one, entitled Programmagic! which will focus on programming. It will focus on lesser used languages like Lua, Scala, LISP, Smalltalk, and many others.
Recent posts are on Scala; there are many more to come. Why not come visit?