monday morning pick me up
james at mastros.biz
Mon Apr 3 13:42:28 BST 2006
On Mon, Apr 03, 2006 at 10:07:01AM +0100, Simon Wistow wrote:
> I'm hoping that people who don't usually post to the list might respond
> - the views of a vocal minority (with 700+ people subbed the 30-60 odd
> people who post most are very much in the minority) are pretty well
> known already and are therefore not that interesting (in this context
In my case, at least, the comments on the blog entry do a pretty good job of
covering the situation.
I see TPF as mostly a money sink. Donations seem to go in, and very little
comes out. So far, I've yet to give any money to TPF, but then again, I've
yet to have a job that consisted primarally of writing perl. A few years
ago, they put money into funding the time of several perl6 people, but they
haven't seemed to do much since. Funding Nick Clark certianly seems like a
step in the right direction, though.
I /would/ like to see a respectable perl certification that I could get and
put on my resumé,but I don't see it as terribly likely to happen. I do
/not/ want to see people respecting a "certification" that means "I paid
money to get this certification", but I don't think there's too much danger
of that happening.
I think that Perl people in general focus too much on high-end perl jobs.
I've no idea how to get started. I attended Petdance's talk on the matter
at a YAPC::NA a few years ago, but it left me clueless as to how to get a
/first/ programming job, only how to get a /next/ programming job. Thus, I
don't want a certification that says "I've worked in the field for five
years", or "I have disposable income". The first is redundant, the second
(I suppose, technically, if I've been to a YAPC then I've given money to
TPF, but I don't see it that way, really. I gave money to the YAPC
> 1. Do you think your company would pay to become more involved in Perl?
> Do you think they want you (them) to be more involved in Perl at all?
> 2. Do you feel that the TPF and the Perl 'cabal' is too US centric? Note
> I'm not criticising the sterling work the TPF does, just trying to guage
> the vox populi.
No, I don't. Having lived in the US, UK, and Germany, I don't think TPF
really does more in the US.
> 3. I've had lots of mail about having problems hiring good Perl people.
> Either as someone trying to get a job or someone trying to hire - what
> have been your problems?
Everybody seems to want the world. Five years work in the field. A degree.
Know C, C++, Java, C#, the President. Oh, and are willing to move, and
program themselves out of a job every other week.
-=- James Mastros
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