I am in the Celtic and Scottish studies department at the University of Edinburgh. In my former life, I was a programmer. I was contemplating showing perl off as a great way to automate searching texts, which is often what people in the Humanities do.
I have two main obsticle: first, these are non-programmers and computers often scare them; second, how do I give them a good introduction to the language in about an hour? My first idea is to go into a few of the language constructs then give them a juicy script? Some ideas would be appriciated.