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

Nicholas Clark nick at
Sat Aug 12 15:15:18 BST 2006

On Sun, Aug 06, 2006 at 08:13:30AM +0100, Luis Motta Campos wrote:

>   Reading your rant, I started wonder why a person with a skill set like
> yours doesn't begin your own business. It would be easy to bring
> something innovative and revolucionary to the market using your skills.

Running a company is a totally different skill set from being a good
programmer. I've worked for someone who paid more attention to writing
code than closing deals or getting invoices paid, and strangely enough
the business didn't survive.

As well as assuming that I've got the skills to run a business, you're
assuming that I have an innovative or revolutionary idea (including a
good idea on how to make money from that idea), and additionally the
desire to give up programming and be a businessmen instead.

And right now I seem to be gainfully[*] employed. Being employed usually
correlates with me not having my CV in an e-mail signature.

Nicholas Clark

*: The taxman will not quibble this.

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