Re: Programming Tools -- How Prevalent Are They?

Subject: Re: Programming Tools -- How Prevalent Are They?
From: Ed Dowgiallo <edowgial -at- PROLOG -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 31 May 1996 08:56:43 -0400

Alciere, John wrote:

> I recently saw an employment ad for a Technical Writer in the Boston Globe,
> from a compamy that develops Internet courseware. The ad sought candidates
> with experience using Visual Basic, Lotus Notes, Perl, and C/C++
> programming. Writing ability was not cited as a requisite skill.

> This prompts a question: How prevalent is the use of programming tools --
> such as Visual Basic, Perl, Java, C/C++ -- among us folks that call
> ourselves "technical writers?" Specifically, do many of you folks use tools
> such as these on a regular basis, as part of their work?

> John Alciere
> Whittaker Xyplex
> Littleton, MA

You have just seen an excellent example of an ad put out by an incompetent hiring manager. I see ads for
computer programmers all the time that mix and match technology requirements that people just don't have. The
most common type is looking for 5 years recent PC, minicomputer, and mainframe experience. I've found that
answering these types of ads almost always leads to dealing with people who are bad news.

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