RE: The Mythical Man-Month

Subject: RE: The Mythical Man-Month
From: "Sarah Bouchier" <Sarah -dot- Bouchier -at- exony -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 11:27:09 +0100

>Barring languages right outside the usual paradigm, like APL or Prolog,
>competent programmer should be able to pick up a new language in a few
>days or weeks. However, you still see lots of ads that emphasize
>with Java or whatever over the analytic and design skills that make a
>good programmer.

I entirely agree; and so does the head of R&D here. He recently asked
me to write a job ad for a new developer where all of the actual
languages and tools we use were 'nice to haves'; what he really wanted
me to emphasise in the requirements were analytical skills, enthusiasm
for problem-solving and independent and creative thought.

It was really nice to be able to put something I have long believed into

Sarah Bouchier
Technical Author



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