UT Lisp Users Group?

Stuart Jansen sjansen at buscaluz.org
Wed Jul 13 10:59:05 MDT 2005


On Wed, 2005-07-13 at 10:42 -0600, Bryan Sant wrote:
> Ummmm...  Thanks Mr. Graham.  Yes, you're quite the authority on what
> technology a company should use to maximize competitiveness.

You completely missed the point of Graham's comment. Technology matters
much less than the quality of the people in a company. Choosing Java is
easy. It's the "safe" choice. Java programmers spring from the earth
like weeds. Choosing a language like Perl or Python requires a little
more bravery. Because the company is accepting a larger "risk" it's an
indication that the median quality of the programmers in a company is
probably higher, or at least that the company has enough confidence to
believe its employees are good enough to buck convention. Choosing Lisp
is... gutsy. A company that chooses to use Lisp is accepting the fact
that they'll have a pretty hard time finding qualified employees based
on the assumption that those they do find will generally be of much
higher caliber. At least where Lisp is concerned, that's probably a
pretty safe assumption.

-- 
Stuart Jansen                   e-mail/jabber: sjansen at buscaluz.org

"XML is like violence: if it doesn't solve your problem, you aren't
using enough of it." - Chris Maden


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