If you're attempting to get people to move to perl away from what they use now, that may not go over very well.
What I would suggest is to stress that you're giving them a taste of another tool that is available to them and I suspect it will go over better, and you might come away with one or two people to actually want to try it out; that's better than the n people who will resist if you try to force it on them (where n is the number of people in your group).
If you get 1 or 2 who have success in the short term, that may prompt others to take a closer look, but I suspect your AWK guy is probably not ever going to be persuaded.
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