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Re^2: A Melancholy Monkday

by McA (Curate)
on Jan 19, 2014 at 08:04 UTC ( #1071168=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: A Melancholy Monkday
in thread A Melancholy Monkday

Hi,

I'm following this "popularity discussion" here and elsewhere. I normally agree with the opinion that it's irreleavant want others say as long as the language is useful and actively maintained, which perl is.

But: Currently we are searching for a young employee. There is not one that has experience in Perl. But worse, the candidates are not really attracted by learning a language which seems to be old, outdated and unfancy. I can understand this. Arguing that the programming language is more or less irrelevant in the long term is difficult addressed to someone being at the start of his professional career and thinking about where to invest learning power into. It's definitly easier to convince someone knowing he can now learn a very attractive programming language.

Many many people are really surprised hearing that we use Perl as main programming language. From "what is this" to "uhhh, that still lives" you can hear everything, but really no "oh, what a mature, effective programming language with an unbelievable eco system".

So, I'm really not against all activities raising the popularity of Perl.

Best regards
McA


Comment on Re^2: A Melancholy Monkday
Re^3: A Melancholy Monkday
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 21, 2014 at 14:56 UTC
    We are searching for a young employee ...
    Perhaps that is part of your problem. I want to find experience. Hire people who seem to have the knack for it, then take them under your wing and teach them what you do and how you do it here.
Re^3: A Melancholy Monkday
by wazoox (Prior) on Feb 04, 2014 at 21:20 UTC
    I don't get it. I've had several young employees in the recent years, and though they didn't know any Perl, none had any reticence learning it to do the job; in fact, they all were quite happy to learn something new.
Re^3: A Melancholy Monkday
by afoken (Parson) on Feb 05, 2014 at 18:18 UTC
    But: Currently we are searching for a young employee. There is not one that has experience in Perl. But worse, the candidates are not really attracted by learning a language which seems to be old, outdated and unfancy.

    Tell them: "Never call Perl old, outdated, and unfancy before you have worked with MUMPS." ;-)

    Why are you explicitly looking for a young employee? No money for experienced employees?

    Alexander

    --
    Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)

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