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Re^6: perl vs. php

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on Nov 18, 2005 at 12:31 UTC ( #509753=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^5: perl vs. php
in thread perl vs. php

But if the system you’ve built is of any complexity, you’ll inevitably pay for the learning curve that actually matters: absorbing the system’s architecture. Compared to it, the time it takes an experienced programmer to get up to speed with a new language isn’t very significant. (Admittedly, this thread is about a pretty simple system; though who knows where scope creep might take it (see my signature).)

Hiring a “PHP programmer” is mostly a way for a non-programming manager to find someone vaguely fitting, because he can’t effectively evaluate a programmer’s skills on much more than prior experience with particular technologies. But such a manager is in for a rough ride at the best of times, anyway.

I suppose “programmer with $FOO experience” makes it more palatable; but the core point remains the same.

Makeshifts last the longest.

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Re^7: perl vs. php
by sauoq (Abbot) on Nov 18, 2005 at 21:28 UTC
    But if the system youíve built is of any complexity, youíll inevitably pay for the learning curve that actually matters: absorbing the systemís architecture.

    You will always have that cost... why pay for both?

    It seems your points are predicated on the assumption that you must... but, the truth is that developers aren't actually that scarce these days (though we may wish we were.)

    "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";

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