Thursday, December 20, 2007

Just Call Me The Grinch

My project for today? Writing a perl program that takes spring class lists from our quaint and retro registration system and compares them against the ID numbers of failing precalc students (provided by instructors) and our placement database and generates a list of email addresses of students enrolled in the wrong course. Then I copied that list of email addresses into a mail message (the bcc field, natch), and told the students that they need to pick a different math class for the spring.

About a week before the semester starts, I'll run my program again. Maybe by that time I'll have written the emailing feature into it, further automating the delivery of bad news.