[nSLUG] Re programming language choice

Oliver Doepner odoepner at gmail.com
Fri Feb 28 22:54:26 AST 2014

Polyglot, not sure. I am only bilingual. I can do bash and Java. :o)

I had to do a little Ruby/Rails in the recent past and a little Perl in the
distant past.

Polyglot can also mean: Knows a little bit of many languages, but isn't
expert in any. I prefer working with experts and it is ok with me if
developers have to be specialists to maintain expert level in a few areas.

Each of the programming "ecospheres" (Java/JEE, HTML5/web/mobile, LAMP,
Unix shell, DotNet, C/C++, etc.) is so full of sub-technologes, libraries,
cool new frameworks that I find it hard or impossible to maintain expert
status in more than one of them.


On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM, Ben Armstrong <synrg at sanctuary.nslug.ns.ca
> wrote:

> On 28/02/14 12:32 PM, Jim Haliburton wrote:
> > If the "newbie" was hired for his skill in the particular language that
> they knew, then
> > management should listen to their views.  If it was for a generic skill
> set management has to
> > consider if the new outsider is going to try and change the company to
> his way of doing things.
> As for the rest of your wisdom learned through experience, I can't
> disagree. However, so far as it is possible, management should strive to
> hire polyglots instead, who tend to be smarter anyway. Then decide which
> language to use based on longer term factors than who you happen to have
> on your staff at this point in time. Surely that will change over time ...
> Ben
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Oliver Doepner
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