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I don't see a reason why you shouldn't accept if they offer you this position. You say it's work you are passionate about, and that you want to maintain your knowledge. That alone should be enough motivation to meet their expectations and develop your skill set.


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Identify and cost the shortcomings inherent to your existing development process as $A. Identify the cost of switching to any other development process as $B. If $A is less then $B, stop. If your known shortcomings outweigh the cost of change (and that is a big if!) then analyse the shortcomings in detail and start looking for a language/development ...


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There are business reasons for choosing a language, and there are engineering reasons for choosing a language, and the twain do not always meet. Throwing in academic reasons is likely to make things worse. I doubt a professor will be able to help you in the way you need. The facts about a language's ancestry and features are pretty easy to find. You ...


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@FrustratedWithFormsDesigner hinted at this above, I'll be more blunt: you've been charged with a expensive but useless task. I suspect the CEO is looking for irrefutable, objective evidence which will support his choice of language. The problem is that preference of language is loaded with far too many subjective and extrinsic factors for the white-paper ...


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Some broad brush strokes to consider: Language popularity This really shouldn't matter, because popularity does not necessarily equate with productivity, expressiveness or any of the other language qualities that matter more, but this consideration often trumps all other considerations because: It's easier to find software developers in a popular ...



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