Now this is a perfect example of the classic setup. The Java guy did not give you enough information before you began the project. Now the boss is going to be told that perl is old and too slow. You'll be seeing a memo soon saying that all perl programs will need to be converted to Java and that all perl programmers will need to either learn Java or be fired.
You better strike now. Have a meeting with the boss. Explain the problem have a working demo of your revised code that shows how much faster it is now that you have enough information. Good Luck.
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