I gleamed the following from comp.lang.smalltalk. All I got to say is "RIGHT ON BROTHER!" I got tired of doing things the "curly way" and I am much happier. Here's the post:
- From: Nevin Pratt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Re: Smalltalk to J2EE Migration
Date: 2003-12-23 19:04:16 PST
Lance Parkington wrote:
> I could never understand why the UK employers will only fund Java
> projects. No wonder IT disasters are constantly repeated. I've just
> spent an entire year migrating an application to Java that took one
> month in VisualWorks ;-)
Did you enjoy the work? If not, then why did you do it?
Yes, I know sometimes we have to put food on the table. After all, my
wife just had baby #10 last Friday (a beautiful boy), so I know the drill.
But life is too short for that to always be the answer-- that I did it
"to put food on the table", or "to pay the mortgage".
And the same advice goes to every reader of this newsgroup. Work hard
to get yourselves into a position where you can "just say 'no'" when you
are asked to take a dead-end boring, unfulfilling job like that. Come
up with a personal battle plan that will let you eventually put an end
to doing things like that.
Lance, if you really did enjoy the work, then I apologize for what I
just said, and I congratulate you for finding enjoyable work. But I
know I couldn't have done what you did-- it would have drove me nuts.