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Perl, Outsourcing and China

Nov 15, 2008, 16:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Davaz)

[ Thanks to 17lamp.net for this link. ]

"One of the reasons there is such a lack of skilled LAMP engineers is that it is simply not taught in colleges and universities. These schools seem bent on pumping out people with rudimentary Java and C# programming skills, glossing over general computer science applicable to all programming languages. Moreover, they seem to be avoiding altogether languages and paradigms not found within the (perceived) absolute mainstream of corporate software development. This fosters an attitude among Chinese job seekers that Perl is an 'old' or even a 'dead' language, making it difficult to draw decent engineers from the talent pool to join LAMP projects. If China is to surpass India in terms of IT expertise, this trend needs to change. Enough lamenting, what can be done to resolve this predicament? The onus is on us, the Perl community within China, to combat the negative perceptions that have tarnished Perl's name. In order to do that we need to do several things:

"1. Evangelize! We need to tell people about Perl and why it is the Right Choice for many applications, as well as how fun it is to write in Perl!

"2. Support! We need to support our community, especially the newcomers. We need to help beginners, even with simple questions, even when the answer is in page 1 of the manual!"

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