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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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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
W Balboos, GHB18-Aug-11 3:36 
GeneralLooking at it first helps Pin
Nithin Sundar17-Aug-11 18:31
Nithin Sundar17-Aug-11 18:31 
I believe that before actually getting into the coding part, it's good to set some time aside and look at how the language works. Does it look very similar to what you already know or so (Let's think C++ and C#)? Or will it require quite an amount of understanding before something in the task gets done?

I would say that analyzing these would give you a great idea about where you stand. That should give you a headstart on what you need to learn and would prevent any situations where you would have to face your boss at the last minute and say "I need more time". The answer will be "Great. So remind me again why you didn't tell me sooner about this?"
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GeneralDefinitely start learning before you dive in Pin
Nick Harrison17-Aug-11 3:53
Nick Harrison17-Aug-11 3:53 
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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