in reply to Promoting perl classes
To convince faculty I would appeal to their desire for a broad curriculum. They may not know Perl, since they probably didn't learn it in in school. For instance, they may not realize the ease with which they could demonstrate functional programming with it.
If they only want an easy web tool, that's a different story. There are many easy tools only some of which involve Perl.
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