In my thirty years in this business, I have found that a good programmer - one who understands how a computer works - can switch between languages easily.

That's because a good programmer is already fluent in at least three or four programming languages (I could speak seven, three of them in more than one dialect), including at least one assembler, and has WRITTEN at least the parser for a compiler (my compilers class wrote one for a degenerate subset of Modula-2), by the time he or she gets his or her degree.

At least if the diploma is worth the artificial parchment it's printed on.


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