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

Dominic Mitchell dom at
Mon Aug 7 17:06:50 BST 2006

On Mon, Aug 07, 2006 at 03:49:12PM +0100, Adrian Howard wrote:
> On 7 Aug 2006, at 15:36, Dominic Mitchell wrote:
> [snip]
> >My standard question for competence is now "what revision control  
> >system
> >do you prefer?".  Any muppet can be taught a language (it would seem).
> >But that's not enough to be useful.
> [snip]
> <rant class="tangent">
> The number of fresh graduates that have never used a revision control  
> system in their life shocks me. Ditto for the number of places I've  
> contracted for that are still at the cp -R stage...
> </rant>

The trouble is that it's not /just/ the graduates.  I view lack of VCS
as bordering on the negligent, yet some people have never even heard of
one, let alone used it.  That's just *so* scary.


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