Tuesday April 06, 2004
Perl Programmers Don't Go To Meetings
"I'm a drunk. Alcoholics go to meetings".
Not being career programmers, or not having
the professional mindset set in, Perl programmers
don't go to meetings. This is a vague
generalization and such is in valid except to
the degree that it is true.
(Read: there is a tendency for Perl programmers,
tend not to go to meetings).
To be a true professional, you must have had
your fun ruined. Rather than considering your
own amusement or even your sanity, you only
consider the client, the requirements, the
corporate structure, the company, the business
plan, the investors, stock performance, the
purity of the branding... well, you know.
Selfishness means asking yourself what you need
from a work arrangement to be able to maintain
sanity. It can also mean doing what you need
to do to maintain pleasure from your work.
Professionalism systematicly strips this away
unless your pleasure is making lots of money
and being a big cheeze, which are the only
professionalism-compliant ways to enjoy a job.
Meetings aren't fun. They're boring. Meetings
are agenda driven. The driving agenda is
someone elses agenda.
Case in point: There is a Java Users Group,
JUG, in town. Approximately 5 to 10 times
as many people show up for meetings there
as do at Phoenix Perl Mongers. No, this isn't
proof, just evidence. If you must argue with
this, argue with whether or not this
constitutes evidence (which would be
stupid) or argue that the evidence
supports the premise (which would be annoying
but not out of the realm of reason) or
argue that my logic is flawed (logic isn't
something you make up, there are rules to
the game). These people show up to meetings
that are primarily a sales presentation by
the meeting sponsor, but in exchange, they
get free food and sometimes drinks afterwards,
at a resturant. So they're suffering someones
agenda. I suggest as an assumption to this
argument that they suffer this agenda because
their goal is not fun but professionalism -
they want to put their group membership on
their resume, make contacts, and actually
learn technical things - three things that
Perl programmers have little desire in.
Suffering through a presentation about how to
use a software producting supporting Java
Admitting that your programming skill and
professional standing could be improved
Getting off your duff and going to a social
event requires energy.
In short, I submit to you, my patient
Laziness, Impatience, and Hubris (false or
otherwise) prevents many (or even most) Perl programmers from
going to such activities as Perl Mongers.
(Suggesting that this is "wrong" would imply
that none these things happen to more than a
small degree as my conclusion is that the
effect applies to many, meaning numerous,
Perl programmers - I did not say "everyone"
or "always". Note that "many" or "most"
is a disjunction and an argument against
this should apply to both cases, not either.
For some reason, pointing out flaws in things
that people like, no matter what the intention,
seems to cause people to abandon logic).