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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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GeneralHad to learn Perl on the fly, whew!! Pin
Paul Darlington15-Aug-11 21:27
Paul Darlington15-Aug-11 21:27 
GeneralRe: Had to learn Perl on the fly, whew!! Pin
StarNamer@work15-Aug-11 22:19
professionalStarNamer@work15-Aug-11 22:19 
GeneralRe: Had to learn Perl on the fly, whew!! Pin
Paul Darlington15-Aug-11 22:33
Paul Darlington15-Aug-11 22:33 
GeneralRe: Had to learn Perl on the fly, whew!! Pin
Kevin McFarlane19-Aug-11 12:07
Kevin McFarlane19-Aug-11 12:07 
GeneralAren't most languages really the same? Pin
milkplus15-Aug-11 17:46
milkplus15-Aug-11 17:46 
GeneralRe: Aren't most languages really the same? PinPopular
13xforever15-Aug-11 18:14
13xforever15-Aug-11 18:14 
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RedSonja15-Aug-11 19:51
RedSonja15-Aug-11 19:51 
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rudolfsson15-Aug-11 20:41
rudolfsson15-Aug-11 20:41 
Agree. Sure, there are some languages with different concepts - functional programming, OO etc - that may throw you a bit if you're not used to them, but my experience is that once you learn a second language it gets very easy to learn the next ones. Programming is programming, and languages is just about syntax for the most part. It took me only a day or two to pick up the essentials and be reasonably productive in both C# and Java, and so far I've had the same with just about any other language I've tried.
GeneralRe: Aren't most languages really the same? Pin
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 
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CPallini15-Aug-11 21:42
mveCPallini15-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 

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