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Re: Java is the machine that goes "Ping!"

by djantzen (Priest)
on Dec 31, 2002 at 06:06 UTC ( #223266=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Java is the machine that goes "Ping!"

Do you believe that you'd talk about those glue-like subprojects and scripts more if they were written in Java? It sounds to me like your core application is written in Java, with supporting roles going to Perl. If that's the case, then the problem is likely more about representing that aspect of your project effectively to management than overcoming a language bias on their part. To management, a single large project with a proper name and associated mental image that can be sketched on a napkin for the marketing department is a far more tangible thing than a nebulous collection of command line tools you have for operating the system under the covers. It's kind of like asking your mechanic how the repairs are coming along only to hear about his method for organizing his tools. That might matter greatly to him, and to be sure it impacts the repair process, but it's not a good answer to the question "Do I have to take the bus again?"

If you feel those aspects deserve greater attention from management, draw up a comprehensive map of how the various components fit together, showing the gaps that must be filled in. At that point you can talk about how important Perl is to the project.


Comment on Re: Java is the machine that goes "Ping!"
The Advantage of Being Unnoticed
by Wally Hartshorn (Friar) on Dec 31, 2002 at 21:22 UTC
    If you feel those aspects deserve greater attention from management, draw up a comprehensive map of how the various components fit together, showing the gaps that must be filled in. At that point you can talk about how important Perl is to the project.

    Frankly, it might be better to just keep quiet about Perl. If management becomes aware that massive amounts of coding is being used, there's the risk that some PHB will say, "Hmm... We should be doing that in Java."

    Sometimes, the only thing worse than a manager who doesn't know what you do is one who does.

    Wally Hartshorn

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