When can you claim a language?

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#16 jon.kiparsky   User is offline

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Re: When can you claim a language?

Posted 21 March 2019 - 09:11 AM

View Postxclite, on 21 March 2019 - 10:06 AM, said:

It's not like knowing more beyond 1-3 is linearly additive :)/>


I didn't say how few I know. I said how little I know.
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Re: When can you claim a language?

Posted 21 March 2019 - 09:23 AM

Linearly additive? GoCRubyLimbo ?
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Re: When can you claim a language?

Posted 21 March 2019 - 10:15 AM

Late to the party, and not as experienced as the rest of you, but I think that once you've created something considered useful or innovative in a language, it's worth adding to the resume.
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Re: When can you claim a language?

Posted 21 March 2019 - 10:28 AM

Useful or innovative?! You're asking too much :)
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Re: When can you claim a language?

Posted 22 March 2019 - 08:39 AM

I have used several languages for companies and in freelance projects. To me, the language is pretty much immaterial anyway. There are some caveats to them, and you know/ learn them the more you use one, but overall, unless it is troubleshooting a system that is complex, I can figure it out.


And to me, technical terms are important, it makes communication easier when universal definitions are used. That is one of the irritations I have with where I am now, they call things one thing when they clearly are not that. Like we have a "service bus". So when I started, it was cool, messaging systems and queues and redundancy and all that. When in fact, it is just a straight pipeline to the database. Unit testing, nope, it's actually integration testing. And I flat out told them that I refused to use their jargon because when I left, I would look stupid using it in front of people that knew the real definition and questioned me on it. Now, I have stated them and what they really mean, but people are very "company minded" and would call a screwdriver a wrench if the company said so. Not me.


To answer the question, If I can reliably use the language with little assistance, I will claim it. However, because of all the languages I have used, I have to lookup stupid syntax constantly anyways.
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Re: When can you claim a language?

Posted 22 March 2019 - 08:50 AM

A colleagues' favourite word is "Metadata", it is scattered liberally within his sentences ;)

One also wants to be a little cautious of pushing some noxious language or library too high up, you might end up being lumbered with it ;). "He/she knows this, give it to them!!"
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Re: When can you claim a language?

Posted 24 April 2019 - 04:14 AM

Most job forms actually ask if you know any language that isn't primarily yours. It can come in handy.
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