"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
"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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