The programming language market (was Re: [Haskell-cafe] Why functional programming matters

Paul Johnson paul at
Sat Jan 26 15:03:30 EST 2008

Tim Chevalier wrote:
> On 1/26/08, Paul Johnson <paul at> wrote:
>>     * Say "computers are cheap but programmers are expensive" whenever
>>       explaining a correctness or productivity feature.
> This is true only if talking to people in high-income nations.
Even in low-income nations, its only false in the short term.  If you 
have skilled programmers with computers and Internet connections then 
their wages inflate to the world norm.  IIRC India is seeing 20%/year 
wage inflation for comp-sci graduates.  And thats without the impact of 
H1-B and related programmes around the world.


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