Old projects resurface
Recently, a few customers called me because they wanted to add some features to the apps I developped. What I don't like about this situation is that it kinda gets frustrating having to switch from one programming language to another. Let me give you a more easy to understand example: Let's say that I'm creating an app in C# , then a customer calls me and they want me to work on an ADA application I wrote like 2 years ago. What bothers me, is that I don't feel like working on many programming languages at the same time. I can only be addicted to one at a time, because it's time consuming.
I tend to be a language addict - I never saw a programming language I didn't want to learn.* I'm also a strong believer in using the appropriate language for a project.
Why can't you just quote a high figure for the work, to make up for the pain it's going to cause you?
I love developing and producing solutions. I dont personally care what the language is, more what the solution is about. I try to use the language that is most suitable for the task at hand. If I had my way, the world would use smalltalk, but world peace is probably going to happen first.
I think context switching from one project to the next always takes some time... add in a language that I haven't touched in awhile and I need the book to remember if its
Michael H. Pryor
I think that initially when I came up against this I saw it as a problem, but any more I'm usually thankful for the chance to brush off what would otherwise be lost to posterity in the cobwebs of my mind.
Tell me about it. I work on an Intranet and the company standardized on Netscape 4.06 back in 1996 (IE was in version 2.x at the time) and is only *slowly* coming around to IE5.5 & netscape 4.7x. Thankfully new computers are coming out with IE as the default browser, but it'll be a long slow painful crossover.
Jeff, RPG is the bomb. You are really missing out...I am afraid.
Admittedly, the nice thing about having an old project is you can use a lot of cut & paste while you remember the little details of each language.
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