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

Jonathan Stowe jns at
Tue Aug 8 09:28:59 BST 2006

On Mon, 2006-08-07 at 15:36, Dominic Mitchell wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 07, 2006 at 02:58:08PM +0100, Peter Hickman wrote:
> > Nicholas Clark wrote:
> > >I assume that with Java you can recruit your junior minions pre-trained.
> > 
> > A graduate is likely to have Java and it is easier to assess their 
> > skills.
> 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.
> Not only that, but being able to /express an opinion/ is also a valuable
> characteristic.

Yeah for the same reason I would ask "vi or emacs?", but non-commital
here was also a valid answer.  "Whuh?" generally isn't.


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