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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

View optional text answers (36 answers)


 
GeneralRe: Aren't most languages really the same? Pin
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 
First of all, forcing you to use an unknown (to you) language likely means it is an already existing project. At least that was the case for me. I'd like to say I'd answer the first way listed, but reality doesn't work that way.

About 2 weeks ago I was given a task "Add this field to this software" I did, but guess what, scope creep. So bad that the webpage had to be updated, too. Broken, badly architected, badly written, and undocumented ASP with SOAP, etc. I told the requesting party that I do not know how anything about ASP in an attempt to push back the deadline, the response was "well, take a look." This turned into "It's due Friday" (On Wednesday) and finally "It's due by midday today" On that Thursday. I'd love to learn ASP as I went along, but that was impossible with the looming deadline and horrible base code.
"I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours. "
— Hunter S. Thompson

My comedy.

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 
GeneralRe: How can you answer if it never happened to you? Pin
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 
GeneralRe: For those who voted "I dive in and learn the language"... Pin
PIEBALDconsult15-Aug-11 18:26
professionalPIEBALDconsult15-Aug-11 18:26 
GeneralRe: For those who voted "I dive in and learn the language"... Pin
Jun Du16-Aug-11 3:57
Jun Du16-Aug-11 3:57 
GeneralRe: For those who voted "I dive in and learn the language"... Pin
AnnieMacD18-Aug-11 3:55
AnnieMacD18-Aug-11 3:55 
GeneralRe: For those who voted "I dive in and learn the language"... Pin
Pete O'Hanlon18-Aug-11 4:43
subeditorPete O'Hanlon18-Aug-11 4:43 
GeneralRe: For those who voted "I dive in and learn the language"... Pin
AnnieMacD18-Aug-11 4:51
AnnieMacD18-Aug-11 4:51 
GeneralRe: For those who voted "I dive in and learn the language"... Pin
Pete O'Hanlon18-Aug-11 5:08
subeditorPete O'Hanlon18-Aug-11 5:08 
GeneralRe: For those who voted "I dive in and learn the language"... Pin
AnnieMacD18-Aug-11 5:22
AnnieMacD18-Aug-11 5:22 
GeneralRe: For those who voted "I dive in and learn the language"... Pin
Pete O'Hanlon18-Aug-11 5:30
subeditorPete O'Hanlon18-Aug-11 5:30 
GeneralRe: For those who voted "I dive in and learn the language"... Pin
Pete O'Hanlon18-Aug-11 4:45
subeditorPete O'Hanlon18-Aug-11 4:45 
GeneralMore like step in to Pin
S Houghtelin15-Aug-11 3:19
professionalS Houghtelin15-Aug-11 3:19 
GeneralRe: More like step in to Pin
Doug Domeny17-Aug-11 16:04
professionalDoug Domeny17-Aug-11 16:04 
GeneralDive in and ... Pin
Nagy Vilmos15-Aug-11 2:39
professionalNagy Vilmos15-Aug-11 2:39 
GeneralBeen there, done that Pin
Gary Wheeler15-Aug-11 1:10
Gary Wheeler15-Aug-11 1:10 
GeneralRe: Been there, done that Pin
esaulsberry15-Aug-11 11:17
esaulsberry15-Aug-11 11:17 
GeneralRe: Been there, done that Pin
Rob Grainger15-Aug-11 22:40
Rob Grainger15-Aug-11 22:40 

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