wagner.andrew at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 20:02:36 EST 2009
On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 7:56 PM, Jonathan Cast <jonathanccast at fastmail.fm>wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-01-20 at 21:01 +0000, Andrew Coppin wrote:
> > Paul Johnson wrote:
> > > So next time I hear the "you can't get the programmers" line I'm going
> > > to respond with something like this:
> > >
> > > "If you post an advert for a Haskell developer you will get 20
> > > applicants. All of those people will be the kind of developer who
> > > learns new programming languages to improve their own abilities and
> > > stretch themselves, because nobody yet learns Haskell just to get a
> > > job.
> > >
> > > "If you post an advert for a Java developer you will get 200
> > > applicants. Most of them will be the kind of developer who learned
> > > Java because there are lots of Java jobs out there, and as long as
> > > they know enough to hold down a job then they see no reason to learn
> > > anything."
> > If this isn't an "elevator pitch" for using Haskell then I don't know
> > what the hell *is*!
> > Seriously, this is a pretty damned persuasive argument...
> Not really. My company *advertises* for Haskell developers, and then
> when they come in to interview, informs them that the code base is
> actually written in Perl. Works, too --- we have several Haskellers
> working here. If all you care about is the quality of the developers,
> and not their productivity once you've got them, you don't actually need
> to let them use Haskell after the interview is over...
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