The article I submitted (migration to Oracle from Sybase and surviving in the workplace) was so very different as to the article that was published. My piece was too controversial for ISUG to release (Sybase to Oracle) so it was changed, not be me and not by the editor. It became a weird Unix to Windows rant. Yup, I agreed to the revised article but was trying to calm a screaming toddler and pamper a pregnant lady… not excuses just explaining where my brain was when I agreed to it. ugh what a mess.
Ultimately, the publication of the article was my fault. So please, just ignore my article in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of the ISUG Technical Journal.
Why doesn’t anyone talk about computer programming languages these days? I’ve just spent the last couple of days working with a great guy called Jason Froebe on a Perl tutorial that really digs deep into making sure developers know that it is a fully-featured language and yet – all I see on the IT news-o-meter is corporate shenanigans not exactly likely to set the average software engineer’s world on fire.
Sterling Hanenkamp wrote a great response to the now-infamous TIOBE Index article about how Perl is on its way out. This article is the sort of thing I wish I’d done when I was doing PR for The Perl Foundation. Sterling’s given me permission to republish it here. Here’s a link to the original. — Andy (Lester)
I’ve been taking DDJ for a couple years now. It’s cheap and occasionally has something interesting in it, but it’s been less interesting than I remember it being when I read it in college. I’ve been much more enamored with the Communciations of the ACM. Today, I received my issue and there’s an interview with Paul Jansen of TIOBE Software.