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Comment Re:Oh the pain... (Score 1) 166

Here's my experience with MUMPS. About twelve years ago, I interviewed with a shop that used it. One of the interviewers told me, a little smugly, that MUMPs was so powerful, that nobody can be productive in it for at least a year. Then I got a one paragraph description of it and was asked to write some basic programs, using pen and paper, with someone watching. My recollection was it was a bastard child of assembly and LISP. There were lots of parentheses, but only register variables to work with. (That doesn't seem to match the wikipedia description, but it's the description I got at the time.) The place probably didn't have a choice about using it, but they seemed convinced it was the best thing ever. I'm not too broken up over not getting that job.

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