Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
Keep It Simple, Stupid
 
PerlMonks  

Comment on

( #3333=superdoc: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
So here I am, working in Amsterdam, wishing I wasn't stuck in VBScript hell. I asked my boss, after carefully explaining that I'm not trying to convert anyone, why he objects to Perl and prefers VBScript. He had two fascinating arguments:

1. The Netherlands is so strapped for programmers that the skill level required to use Perl is often not available. He thinks Perl is useful, but he can't guarantee that he'll get quality programmers. He believes that if he hires someone who doesn't know the in-house language, they can learn VBScript faster than Perl.

Now that's an interesting point. Frankly, I find that VBScript is much simpler than Perl and therefore easier to learn. Though "baby Perl" is simple enough to pick up, once someone starts getting into advanced territory, new Perl programmers may have a heck of a time keeping up.

2. He's found in the past (he has 27 years of programming experience) that Perl programmers are so "indoctrinated" in the TIMTOWTDI mentality that he's had a hell of a time imposing code standards. VBScript programmers, on the other hand, are "sheep" (his words, not mine) and easier to manage as a result.

What's your experience managing (or being a Perl programmer)? Are shop standards more difficult to implement? And yes, I've already read this article.

Cheers,
Ovid

Join the Perlmonks Setiathome Group or just click on the the link and check out our stats.


In reply to Why our company doesn't use Perl :( by Ovid

Title:
Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":



  • Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
  • Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
  • Please read these before you post! —
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
    a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
  • Outside of code tags, you may need to use entities for some characters:
            For:     Use:
    & &amp;
    < &lt;
    > &gt;
    [ &#91;
    ] &#93;
  • Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
  • See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
  • Log In?
    Username:
    Password:

    What's my password?
    Create A New User
    Chatterbox?
    and the web crawler heard nothing...

    How do I use this? | Other CB clients
    Other Users?
    Others avoiding work at the Monastery: (9)
    As of 2014-12-26 01:08 GMT
    Sections?
    Information?
    Find Nodes?
    Leftovers?
      Voting Booth?

      Is guessing a good strategy for surviving in the IT business?





      Results (163 votes), past polls