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

Dave Cross dave at
Mon Aug 7 16:49:19 BST 2006

Quoting Adrian Howard <adrianh at>:

> Anybody else old enough to remember when the same sort of thing
> happened with Pascal?

Ah yes. Pascal was the teaching language of choice on my degree[1]. In  
the final year we did a course in C, but that was largely reading K&R  
whilst a lecturer who also didn't know C read a couple of chapters  

Then my first real job was with a company who were rewriting their  
CASE tool (who remembers CASE tools?) from Pascal to C. So it was full  
of professional Pascal programmers and there were about three of us  
who knew C. The project was very late (tho' at least six months of the  
delay can be directly attributed to the release of Tetris!)


[1] South Bank Poly, 1984-8


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