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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)


 
Generaleh? Pin
Oludayo Alli22-Aug-11 4:18
Oludayo Alli22-Aug-11 4:18 
GeneralHmmmm? Pin
Dr.Walt Fair, PE19-Aug-11 6:06
professionalDr.Walt Fair, PE19-Aug-11 6:06 
GeneralRe: Hmmmm? Pin
Chris Maunder19-Aug-11 15:42
cofounderChris Maunder19-Aug-11 15:42 
GeneralRe: Hmmmm? Pin
Dr.Walt Fair, PE19-Aug-11 15:59
professionalDr.Walt Fair, PE19-Aug-11 15:59 
GeneralRe: Hmmmm? Pin
Chris Maunder19-Aug-11 16:01
cofounderChris Maunder19-Aug-11 16:01 
GeneralRe: Hmmmm? Pin
Dr.Walt Fair, PE19-Aug-11 16:24
professionalDr.Walt Fair, PE19-Aug-11 16:24 
Generalyou can't swim until you jump in water. Pin
koolprasad200318-Aug-11 22:49
professionalkoolprasad200318-Aug-11 22:49 
GeneralRe: you can't swim until you jump in water. Pin
Ravi Sant18-Aug-11 23:20
Ravi Sant18-Aug-11 23:20 
GeneralLived This, Living This. Pin
W Balboos, GHB18-Aug-11 3:36
mveW Balboos, GHB18-Aug-11 3:36 
GeneralLooking at it first helps Pin
Nithin Sundar17-Aug-11 18:31
Nithin Sundar17-Aug-11 18:31 
GeneralDefinitely start learning before you dive in Pin
Nick Harrison17-Aug-11 3:53
Nick Harrison17-Aug-11 3:53 
Write a couple small programs on your own first. Find out what the language can do and how to do some of the things that you suspect may be required in your own throw away apps before you have to make it work in an application that you could have a long shelf life. Best to do it outside of the microscope of an actual project.

Also you want to know a little bit more about what you are doing before you have a project manager or owner or sponsor breathing down your neck about deadlines.

The likelihood of having to learn a whole new language from scratch is probably much more rare than having to learn a new technology or technique, but you may go through many of the same pains. Think about learning reflection, regular expressions, jquery, css, wcf, wpf, nhibernate, mvc, etc. In all of these cases, you could still be programming in c# but feel like you have a new language to grapple with.
GeneralRe: Definitely start learning before you dive in Pin
Doug Domeny17-Aug-11 16:56
professionalDoug Domeny17-Aug-11 16:56 
GeneralRe: Definitely start learning before you dive in Pin
daleofcourse18-Aug-11 1:12
daleofcourse18-Aug-11 1:12 
GeneralIt depends on the language Pin
Not Active17-Aug-11 3:02
mentorNot Active17-Aug-11 3:02 
QuestionSuppose Pin
JavedFeroze17-Aug-11 1:54
JavedFeroze17-Aug-11 1:54 
AnswerRe: Suppose Pin
chriselst17-Aug-11 2:08
chriselst17-Aug-11 2:08 
AnswerRe: Suppose Pin
Gregory Henry17-Aug-11 23:36
Gregory Henry17-Aug-11 23:36 
GeneralNo General Answer Possible ... Pin
Dejan Petrovic16-Aug-11 21:36
Dejan Petrovic16-Aug-11 21:36 
GeneralRe: No General Answer Possible ... Pin
j.saer19-Aug-11 2:15
j.saer19-Aug-11 2:15 
GeneralRe: No General Answer Possible ... Pin
Chris Maunder19-Aug-11 15:47
cofounderChris Maunder19-Aug-11 15:47 
GeneralRe: No General Answer Possible ... Pin
Dejan Petrovic19-Aug-11 23:05
Dejan Petrovic19-Aug-11 23:05 
GeneralNot when, but how often Pin
cpkilekofp16-Aug-11 11:10
cpkilekofp16-Aug-11 11:10 
GeneralRe: Not when, but how often Pin
Dr.Walt Fair, PE19-Aug-11 6:18
professionalDr.Walt Fair, PE19-Aug-11 6:18 
Generallearning different language Pin
Blubbo16-Aug-11 3:00
Blubbo16-Aug-11 3:00 
GeneralMix Pin
APAM16-Aug-11 0:12
APAM16-Aug-11 0:12 

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