Hello,

James H. H. Lampert wrote:
If you're only using one language, it's bound to be the worst possible solution for the problem at hand, at least part of the time.

I agree with you to an extent. Firstly, I strongly encourage programmers to learn multiple languages -- you should be fluent in at least 3 or 4 languages, because it gives you a much better grasp on how computers work, and helps you think outside the box. (Even if you never use those languages again.)

However, there's a limit to how many languages it's practical to use in a given shop. If I want to hire someone in my shop who knows OS/400 with RPG, CL, and DDS experience, I can do that. But if I decide to always use the right tool for the job,and try to find someone who knows RPG, CL, DDS, MI, SQL, C, C++, Java, PHP, Perl, LUA, HTML/CSS, JavaScript and and ASP.NET... well, it's a little more challenging to find a good fit.

Sure, I can teach them all of these technologies, but that's REAAAALY hard to do, because we have work that needs to get done. Trying to teach them a million different aspects of a dozen different programming languages while still trying to run a company's IT is not trivial or productive.

So I believe that there's a happy medium. You should work with a handful of programming languages -- but NOT shift over to whatever is best for every single detail of every single project.

Of course, the dynamics in a larger shop are probably much different from the dynamics in my 3 person shop.

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