As I told you in the CB I don't have an answer to this , but
I'd like to comment on this:
I realise Perl is not considered by some to be the ideal language to learn this in
I don't think this is necessarily true when studying algorithms.
When I was taking my algorithms class, I often found that writing
a quick perl program was the easiest way of testing an algorithm
for a homework, for example. Perl makes it very easy to write
things almost in pseudocode, and it has plenty of high-level
operations, so that translating things from an algorithm in
the book to working code can be relatively painless. And with
tools like Benchmark
, at least time measuring is easy.