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Re^3: Learning Exercises

by !1 (Hermit)
on Apr 14, 2005 at 21:47 UTC ( #447978=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Learning Exercises
in thread Learning Exercises

Consider the economics of the situation. He needs this information from somewhere and you've offered two possibilities.

  1. Teach him yourself
  2. Buy the books for him

Even if you're a very low-end developer, you're making at least $10/hour. Now suppose it takes at least 8 hours (assuming he is the most astute student the world has ever seen) to learn everything you could teach him. That's $80 out of someone's pocket plus whatever they'd have made from your productivity on a paying project because you had to take time out of your day to get a team member up to speed. On the other hand, suppose you pick up the books used for $15 a piece, mail them to him (I know, international shipping's fairly expensive, but not $50 expensive), and let him get up to speed. I'm certain if you bring that to whatever manager you have (if you aren't the manager), he'll accept the latter. Afterall, a machine doesn't work properly if one of the gears is missing half its teeth.

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