OT2: The 'realness' of languages
George C Brackett
gbrackett at luceatlux.com
Wed Dec 24 09:22:42 CST 2008
Very good questions, Peter. It was a short meeting and we weren't
talking about an actual proposal, just a future possibility with even
that a bit hazy as to requirements. If we ever get down to a solid
project, I shall What struck me most was the apparent dismissal of a
language out of hand.
As for what I would do were I hiring a consultant (as I have done in
the past), the most important thing to me is not the means the
consultant might use, but his/her reputation as a capable
professional, and his/her assurances that my specifications (including
perhaps a measure of maintainability) can be met. That might be
unprofessional of me, I suppose, but so far it's worked. It aligns
with an attitude I have about management: hire wisely through
recommendation and prior accomplishment, clearly specify the goals
desired, and keep an eye on the work while avoiding interference as
much as possible.
On Dec 23, 2008, at 2:22 AM, Peter Alcibiades wrote:
It still sounds as if you're failing to probe the question/objection,
will be impossible to answer it unless you find out exactly what it
it support? Is it a concern about robustness? Is it a matter of
company policy? What were they expecting it to be written in? C?
Perl? VB? It will take different things in each case to answer it.
Imagine someone is delivering a proposal to a company you work for,
asked exactly that same question, replies, it will be written in Scheme.
She goes on to explain that she is more productive in Scheme than any
language, she can deliver cross platform apps of the sort you are
in a tenth of the time, and she offers to do an instant demo for you of
something that would take several hours in C, in about 10 minutes.
What do you say to her, and what do you think, and what do you say to
colleagues when you talk to them about it?
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