Something similar has happened to me recently - though
my shop doesn't write code, we teach WWW engineering.
in reply to Perl falls victim to shifting trends
For the last several years we've been using both
Perl and Java as our two primary languages. And
typically the final projects of our students have
used the two in roughly equal proportions, with
a smattering of other choices.
This last year, however, very few students chose
to work in Perl. I'm not sure I understand the
reason for the change this year, but the perception
among many seems to be that Perl CGI is not as
popular or marketable as Java servelets.
Moreover, the other faculty
would like (with some justification) to have more
depth and less breadth.
Thus it seems that in the coming year we're not
going to have Perl as part of the curriculum.
Which is kinda sad.