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Re: Shortage ? Or Efficient Markets ?

by iguanodon (Priest)
on Jun 26, 2006 at 12:17 UTC ( #557564=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Shortage ? Or Efficient Markets ?

Do you get a lot of cold calls for Perl positions ?
I've never gotten a cold call for a Perl position, but I've gotten cold calls from headhunters looking for skills that I have no clue about. IME they don't put much effort into matching candidates with the skills required for a position. I'm sure some are better than others but I think many are just phfishing, hoping to hook a body they can use to fill a position.
So, given a choice between a Perl job, and a Java job paying 30-50% more, the candidate will usually take the Java job.
Yeah, I fall into that category, I sold out :). But I'm careful to not take a job working for someone who is anti-Perl. Where I work now, the corporate standard is the typical Java/J2EE but whenever I need to do something that doesn't need to run in that environment I still reach for Perl.

I'd prefer that the balance were different but I think there is more to consider than just the primary language. A good boss, good coworkers, good commute, etc. can make the Java pill easier to swallow.

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[holli]: at least for cars, if the ai works better than a human on average, by all means let the machines drive
[shmem]: holli: all of our machinery is more perfect in its realm than any human being in theirs (Günther Anders), which doesn't mean not having fun, albeit dangerous sometimes.

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