SPUG: Huh, well, to be honest...

Brian E. Lozier brian at massassi.com
Tue Sep 15 11:03:25 PDT 2009

Funny, that.  I just left a job for one that has less benefits (same
pay) because I get to use perl instead of PHP.  I haven't had any luck
with my job applications at Amazon (was laid off in Dec and have been
doing contract work until recently -- all the while applying for
full-time positions).  I don't have any professional java experience,
maybe that's why I never got a call back.

On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 9:35 AM, Skylos <skylos at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 7:13 AM, Brian E. Lozier <brian at massassi.com> wrote:
>> I thought Amazon had a lot of perl devs?
> Once upon a time in an amazonian climate not so far away... Yes.
> But perl is now non-grata, due to an excess of bad program design
> implemented in perl that resulted in some truly spectacular failures and
> system opacity that led to the need to re-engineer entire systems at
> significant time and monetary cost.  They didn't choose perl for the
> replacement.
> Now the perl is mostly limited to the Mason page render system and reporting
> scripts.  Most of the actual services or applications are run by Java and
> C++.
> Of course, the actual problem was in the programmers, not in the language,
> but try and convince people that there are perl programmers who actually do
> know how to design applications...
> It frequently feels like everybody around is into Java, C++, or Ruby... even
> if they KNOW perl, they avoid it and try to talk their way into working in
> other languages.
> David
> "If only I could get rid of hunger by rubbing my belly" - Diogenes
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