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You are asked to work on a project in a language you don't know. What do you do?   [Edit]

Survey period: 15 Aug 2011 to 22 Aug 2011

Let's assume you're given time to learn the new language before you start, if required.

OptionVotes% 
I dive in and learn the language as I go77268.99
I learn the new language and then dive in24722.07
I do it but try and get out of the project211.88
I actively try and get out of the project before it starts322.86
I quit171.52
Other302.68

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GeneralRe: Aren't most languages really the same? Pin
rudolfsson15-Aug-11 20:41
rudolfsson15-Aug-11 20:41 
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Rob Grainger15-Aug-11 22:30
Rob Grainger15-Aug-11 22:30 
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rudolfsson15-Aug-11 22:41
rudolfsson15-Aug-11 22:41 
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Kevin McFarlane19-Aug-11 12:11
Kevin McFarlane19-Aug-11 12:11 
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StarNamer@work15-Aug-11 22:51
professionalStarNamer@work15-Aug-11 22:51 
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Julien Villers15-Aug-11 23:12
professionalJulien Villers15-Aug-11 23:12 
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StarNamer@work16-Aug-11 0:02
professionalStarNamer@work16-Aug-11 0:02 
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Doug Domeny17-Aug-11 16:02
professionalDoug Domeny17-Aug-11 16:02 
Different language genres, e.g., functional, declarative, imperative, procedural and O-O, require different ways of thinking. I've seen people struggle with XSLT (I was once one of them) trying to use imperative (like C# or Java) techniques when XSLT is declarative--and its associated XPath language is functional. Sure, changing among C#, Java and JavaScript is relatively easy, but other languages are different by more than just syntax and library API.
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CPallini15-Aug-11 21:42
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Gregory Gadow16-Aug-11 4:13
Gregory Gadow16-Aug-11 4:13 
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Rama Krishna Vavilala16-Aug-11 4:27
Rama Krishna Vavilala16-Aug-11 4:27 
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milkplus16-Aug-11 5:56
milkplus16-Aug-11 5:56 
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Rama Krishna Vavilala16-Aug-11 8:51
Rama Krishna Vavilala16-Aug-11 8:51 
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Kevin McFarlane19-Aug-11 12:22
Kevin McFarlane19-Aug-11 12:22 
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BoxyBrown18-Aug-11 4:40
BoxyBrown18-Aug-11 4:40 
GeneralHad to learn COBOL once Pin
Mike Hankey15-Aug-11 16:47
mveMike Hankey15-Aug-11 16:47 
GeneralHow can you answer if it never happened to you? Pin
wizardzz15-Aug-11 9:41
wizardzz15-Aug-11 9:41 
GeneralRe: How can you answer if it never happened to you? Pin
StarNamer@work15-Aug-11 12:58
professionalStarNamer@work15-Aug-11 12:58 
GeneralRe: How can you answer if it never happened to you? Pin
wizardzz15-Aug-11 13:05
wizardzz15-Aug-11 13:05 
GeneralRe: How can you answer if it never happened to you? Pin
StarNamer@work15-Aug-11 22:30
professionalStarNamer@work15-Aug-11 22:30 
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Philipp Kratzer15-Aug-11 20:27
Philipp Kratzer15-Aug-11 20:27 
GeneralFor those who voted "I dive in and learn the language"... PinPopular
ed welch15-Aug-11 3:35
ed welch15-Aug-11 3:35 
GeneralRe: For those who voted "I dive in and learn the language"... Pin
Gregory Gadow15-Aug-11 3:51
Gregory Gadow15-Aug-11 3:51 
GeneralRe: For those who voted "I dive in and learn the language"... Pin
Steve Mayfield15-Aug-11 11:18
Steve Mayfield15-Aug-11 11:18 
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PIEBALDconsult15-Aug-11 18:26
mvePIEBALDconsult15-Aug-11 18:26 

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