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

by revdiablo (Prior)
on Dec 31, 2002 at 08:50 UTC ( #223280=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by 'the machine that goes Ping', and I'm not exactly sure what the point of this Meditation is. Some languages are good for glue. Some languages are good for making bosses happy. Personally, I'd be happy the language that makes your boss happy is Java. I'm sure most folks here can imagine a worse language to be forced into using. :)

Also, I'm not so sure having some stuff written in Perl, and some stuff written in Java is such a problem. It might be an annoyance, but some would argue diversity is a very good thing. If you mean it's a problem that Java gets All The Credit, and Perl remains in the background... perhaps you're right. But at least you're free to use Perl in the background, where I think it feels most comfortable anyway.

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Re: Re: Java is the machine that goes "Ping!"
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 31, 2002 at 09:38 UTC
    I'm not exactly sure what you mean by 'the machine that goes Ping',

    It's a Monty Python reference. In this context it refers to his management saying a certain technology has to be used even though he perceives them to not know what they're talking about. Keyword is "perceives." They could very well be thinking of thousands of important points that he hasn't even begun to consider.

    Perhaps the poster is falling into the same trap he accuses management of?

      The machine that goes ping is the shiny thing that impresses management - in the Monty Python scene, it's a machine brought in while a woman gives birth - and all it does is go 'ping' every now and then.

      Perhaps this quote from the Hospital administrator in the scene will make things clearer:

      Aah! I see you have the machine that goes 'ping'. This is my favourite. You see, we lease this back from the company we sold it to, and that way, it comes under the monthly current budget and not the capital account.

      cLive ;-)

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