[sf-perl] [meeting] Pegex and Acmeism

Joseph Brenner doom at kzsu.stanford.edu
Sun Oct 16 12:16:17 PDT 2011

Rich Morin <rdm at cfcl.com> wrote:
>  yary wrote:
>> Is it even possible to get a job as a programmer if you
>> only know one programming language? grrr.
> I recall chatting with a software manager who said that he
> wanted to have all of his developers using the same language
> (Ruby, in this case).
> I suggested that even in a supposedly Ruby shop, developers
> would typically work in several other languages, including
> CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and XML.  Not to mention dialects and
> DSLs such as Chef, ERuby, jQuery, rake, etc.

That's one of the reasons that I think the "mental exercise" argument
for learning another language is pretty weak.  I'm someone who's
more-or-less a "perl programmer", but I couldn't avoid using a
half-dozen languages (of one sort or another) if I wanted to.  And I
could easily spend my life getting mental exercise by learning my way
around new CPAN modules.

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