In the afternoon, I wandered over to my manager's cube. I explained why I had been so sour all morning. We talked for a bit, and then she said: "I've been looking at that book you brought back from the Con last week (Damian's 'Perl Best Practices'). Did you look at that first appendix? The one with the Lists of Tens? And the second appendix?? I see what you meant when you said that we don't need to write our own Perl coding standards, Dr. Conway already has."
She chatted with her boss, the VP-Engineering, some time later in the day. This morning the VP-Eng wandered by my cube and told me that he had just put in an order at Barnes&Noble for 25 copies of 'Perl Best Practices', and he whats to know if there is a Java equivalent.
Your company is not the only one. liz is doing quite a bit of work in Perl for another company, and she introduced the book there too. They bought a pile (less than 25, but still...) of the book and use it now for their Perl coding standards as well. Wonderful book. They still need some convincing on best test practices, but they're getting there, one step at a time...