the "no good Perl jobs"/"no good Perl programmers" myth

IvorW combobulus at
Mon Aug 7 15:55:58 BST 2006

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Adrian Howard [mailto:adrianh at]
> Sent: 07 August 2006 15:38
> To: Perl M[ou]ngers
> Subject: Re: the "no good Perl jobs"/"no good Perl programmers" myth
> On 7 Aug 2006, at 14:56, Peter Corlett wrote:
> [snip]
> > Because a lot of employers seem to believe that universities are  
> > there to
> > provide pretrained staff. Hence they tend to migrate to Java,  
> > because that's
> > what the universities use as a teaching language.
> [snip]
> Anybody else old enough to remember when the same sort of thing  
> happened with Pascal?


Pascal was the "teaching language". But if you wanted to work on interesting projects and be taken seroiusly, you learned C - they didn't lecture you in C, you were expected to buy a copy of K&R and teach yourself C.

We did cover several other languages: Macro-11 assembler, Lisp, Ada, OCCAM, Snobol, APL. This was together with the functional languages SASL and Miranda, lectured by Simon Peyton-Jones.

I'm talking about 1982 - 1985.

I've since used Pascal once - at LIFFE in 2001/2


More information about the mailing list