I am just starting out

Andrew J Bromage ajb@spamcop.net
Mon, 26 May 2003 10:24:17 +1000

G'day all.

On Sat, May 24, 2003 at 02:57:05PM +1200, sashan wrote:

> I'm not sure what you're disagreeing with?

Now that I'm more caffeinated, I'm not so sure that I'm disagreeing
with you. :-)

I think what I picked up (and it may be wrong) was the implication that
focussing on language X or language Y is sufficient.

Something that isn't fully appreciated in this industry is that there
is a learning phase associated with every nontrivial programming
project.  Yes, programmers all do pretty much the same thing.  So do
lawyers.  But if you took a lawyer from, say, Norway and moved them
to Australia, it would take some time before they were fully
"productive" as lawyers in the new jurisdiction.

Maybe it's just me, but if I were a manager managing a large C++
project, I would seriously consider preferring someone who knew a lot
of different kinds of languages but not C++ very well to someone who
only knew C++ but did know it well.  I'm paying for the learning
curve anyway.

Andrew Bromage