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

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.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?

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