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Re: Objectivity and Commercialism

by BazB (Priest)
on Oct 05, 2002 at 16:54 UTC ( #203058=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Objectivity and Commercialism

I agree with talexb on this one.

I'm not a contractor, and I've never had to hawk my services, however I'm of the opinion that as a contractor, being objective is a Good Thing®.

Being able to select the best solution for the problem is something that a client will appreciate.
Admittedly everyone's definition of "best" will vary, but I'll define it to mean a robust, maintainable and on time/budget product (which rarely happens, but hey, I can dream :-)

If you're not in a position to select the right tool/language then you're likely to be hurting yourself and the client.

Taking hakkr's comment:

I am looking to learn a bit of Java...and have just recommended a project with the recommendation to use Java where Perl would have sufficed.
If I was the client and ever got wind that my contractors were using my new system as a learning platform for another language, rather than attacking the problem with something that they were already familiar with, I'd get a little nervous...
I know a few folk have done things like this in the past and got away with it, but it's not something I recommend.

Learn new techniques on your own time unless there is a very good reason to it on the client's time, then when you've got a solid grounding, start recommending/using it.

Picking the right solutions and delivering them successfully to clients might well secure more work when you need it most, get it wrong a few too many times and it might be time to find another profession :-)



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Re: Re: Objectivity and Commercialism
by LEFant (Scribe) on Oct 05, 2002 at 17:51 UTC
    Alternatively, I have adjusted the time I bill when developing in a technology that is new to me. If you are at this many years you will, as I have, learn many new technologies. The most rigorous learning of a new skill is in the heat of actual application. Clock time has to be elastic while you learn; the client must always be treated fairly if you are to have staying power.

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