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Re: Y Store now C++
> > (a) The reason they rewrote it was entirely that the
> > current engineers didn't understand Lisp and were too
> > afraid to learn it.
> I believe the pointy-headed bosses were the driving force
> in the port. When I worked at Yahoo, management were nervous
> about the software being written in Lisp because they thought
> it would be hard to find programmers who knew it. Not so
> much that they couldn't find any, I think, but that because
> it was a comparatively rare skill, management would have
> less leverage over the hackers. When skills are not a
> commodity, employees aren't hot-swappable.
Paul -- your (a) reads very different from this second paragraph.
You seem to have gone from "programmers are stupid" to "managers are
stupid" -- perhaps you believe it's both.
If you had a fiduciary responsibility to your shareholders will you
base your business one one person who can get hit by a truck? I don't
think of this as pointy-headed behavior at all. Perhaps I should just
shut up about these sorts of reality issues -- it seems this list has
ways to go before it grows up. :)