UPDATE: This post drew a lot of attention. Some found it amusing, others thought it offered a useful distinction between programming languages; others were offended; and some felt all of the above. Here’s my take:
We screwed up. Regardless of how you personally interpreted this content, it has no place at uTest. The purpose of our blog (and our content in general) is to educate and entertain, while elevating the level of discussion about app development and app testing. And we failed to accomplish this mission to the standard to which we hold ourselves.
When you make a mistake, it’s natural to want to defend, deflect or rationalize it. But the measure of a brand and it’s people is how they respond when they err, so let me take this opportunity to apologize sincerely. This was a failure of sensitivity; of sensibility; and of the trust we’ve built with hundreds of thousands of professionals who read our blogs. They rightly expect more from us.
We’re going to leave this post up because it’s not fair to hide from our mistakes. And apologies alone don’t make a wrong right, so I will simply say that I and every member of the uTest team is taking this experience very much to heart. We will learn from this mistake, agonize over it, and we will improve.
– Matt Johnston, uTest CMO, firstname.lastname@example.org
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A recent Quora query asked “In layman’s terms, what are the major programming languages, and what are they used for?” Isaac Lewis‘ answer was so hilarious we just had to share it.
PHP is your teenage sweetheart, the girl you first awkwardly fumbled around with that one summer. Just don’t try and start a more serious relationship – this girl has serious issues.
Perl is PHP’s older sister. She might be a bit old for you, but she was pretty popular back in the 90s. In a long-term relationship with Larry Wall, so her standards have dropped, and she’s looking seriously fugly now. “I don’t care what y’all say, I still love her!”, he says. No-one else does.
Ruby is the cool kid of the scripting family. When you first saw her, she took your breath away with her beauty. She was fun, too. At the time she seemed a bit slow and ditzy – though she’s matured a lot in the last few years.
Python is Ruby’s more sensible sister. She’s elegant, classy, and sophisticated. She’s perhaps too perfect. Most guys are like “dude, how can you not like Python!?”. Sure, you like Python. You just consider her the boring version of the edgy and romantic Ruby.
Java is a successful career woman. Some people who’ve worked with feel she owes her position less to ability and more to her knack for impressing the middle-management types. You might feel that she’s the sensible type you should settle down with. Just prepare for years of “NO THAT DOESNT GO THERE GOD YOU ALWAYS USE THE WRONG TYPE INTERFACE AND YOU MISSED A SEMICOLON” nagging.
C++ is Java’s cousin. Similar to Java in many ways, the main difference being she grew up in a more innocent time and doesn’t believe in using protection. By “protection”, I mean automatic memory management, of course. What did you think I meant?
C is C++’s mom. Mention her name to some old grey beard hackers and they’re sure to reminisce with a twinkle in their eye.
Objective C is another member of the C family. She joined that weird church a while back, and won’t date anyone outside of it.
Haskell, Clojure, Scheme and their friends are those hipster, artsy, intellectual girls you probably spent a blissful college summer with a few years ago. The first girls who really challenged you. Of course, it could never have become something more serious (you tell yourself). Though you’ll always be left asking “what if?”
You might be put off C# due to her family’s reputation. But they’ve gone legit, the last few years, they tell you. Once you’re one of us, you’re one of us, you hear? You need a database? Her brother MSSQL will hook you up. Need a place to stay? Heck, her daddy will even buy you your own mansion on Azure avenue. What’s that, you’re having second thoughts about all these overly friendly relatives? No, you can never leave. You’re part of the family, now, ya hear?
Isaac recently launched a blog dedicated to “explaining techonology in a non-technical way.” Be sure to check out The CTO Network.
And don’t forget to read the rest of the Quora answers, some are funny, some are tongue-in-cheek and some are actually helpful.