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Re: perl : focus or balance

by mjeaton (Hermit)
on Aug 07, 2002 at 02:16 UTC ( [id://188216]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to perl : focus or balance

I have to agree with Balance.

A couple of quick stories that relate to this:
I taught some programming courses at a local community college. One of my students work(ed) for the state government in some type of programming position -- anyway...he was taking my class because, after 20 years of service, he was being "offered" early retirement. When I asked him about it, he said that there really wasn't a choice in the matter because in the 20 years he was there, he specialized in one thing and one thing only. Unfortunately, the technology he specialized in was being replaced. He was hoping to resurrect his career by learning something new. In my opinion, he was about 20 years too late for that, although I do commend him for his effort.

The second story occurred at a consulting firm I worked for. The "top dog" consultant and I actually got into several heated discussions because I was trying to bring other languages and technologies into our skillset -- he said on several occasions that the developers should specialize in one thing and leave it at that -- of course, this was a Microsoft shop, so he was pushing VB/VBScript really hard.

I came in with my perl and Vim and tried to show where other technologies could fit. Another consultant joined the team and he was a big fan of Python. He heard the same "specialize" crap from the so-called leader of the team.

The idea of putting all my eggs in one basket just doesn't appeal to me.

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