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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Exactly! My first employer hired me as a coop student and made me a Perl programmer. In fact, I became more of a Perl programmer than anyone who was there before me.

    Look for intelligence and aptitude, and then train people in the proper ways of the force.

    (My current employer made me a Java programmer. Incidentally, regardless of language, I recommend you look for someone who can learn a language from a book and who will Google and ask for the "right" way to do things.)

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • All of the good programmers I've worked with can easily work with most languages. Not only do they pick up the syntax, but they read the right stuff or whatever they do to know the wisdom of using it.

    The bad programmers only learn enough to solve their problem, rather than learning to be able to solve future problems they don't have yet.

    However, employees are in a bit of a bind here because, at least in the US, employers don't have strong commitments to training and retaining employees. There is a lot of ch