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

Paul Makepeace paulm at
Thu Aug 10 21:27:39 BST 2006

On 8/10/06, John Costello <cos at> wrote:
> On Wed, 9 Aug 2006, Paul Makepeace wrote:
> > We do
> > require a degree though, even our admins. Java, python, C++, perl,
> > haskell, R, C, Lisp...; it's all good.
> Any degree, or specific degrees? (No, not looking myself, just curious.)
> For example, I know a Ph.C. in Linguistics who knows R.  Would the lack of
> a more technical degree disqualify her?

I don't think so. Ability in the area that she's applying for is the
overriding issue. The degree requirement just sets a minimum bar. As
it happens, that degree requirement actually makes it quite difficult
to hire admins, more so than engineers. And yes, every conceivably
argument for and against has been made, and no, it's not apparently
changing anything :-)


> > Paul
> John
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