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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by Alias (5735) on 2006.01.01 4:58 (#45443) Homepage Journal
    I guess one big problem is pay... a lot of the Perl places that might be interested in hiring a flunky aren't necesarily able to financially do so for anything more than shit wages...

    And then of course, as soon as the person is decent, they are going to dissapear off to some other job.

    Or at least, that's the impression I've got from a number of different places.

    Another group tend to hire as soon as they need the talent, and they need people that can hit the ground running.

    Of course, that's why Open Source software is such a great thing.

    It gives people like yourself a good way to get involved with some projects with much better developers, get some exposure, and show that you are at least smart enough to learn on the job.

    Your experience on the open source projects help you land the paid job...

    And if you don't DO any coding at home, as a junior coder, are you really going to be that good? Will you actually have a love of the work.

    Anyways, there's a couple of thoughts...

    Adam K
    • If I could do it "part time" but with a mentor, I would do it without pay. The best way to learn is by doing and having someone there supervising doesn't hurt either.

      Right now I use Perl on anything I can at work and I read read read.

    • I agree with your points, and have seen similar reasons arise for the trends I've noticed. On the other hand. . . .

      The problem, to some extent, seems to be that employers seem to get themselves into a rigidly imposed rut of sorts with regards to how they view their employees. If you (for some definition of "you" that is equivalent to "most employers") hire someone apprentice-level for crap wages, you expect to be able to pay crap wages forever, and later express surprise when the former a

      --
      print substr("Just another Perl hacker", 0, -2);