English (and not just the Library of Congress)

I’m fed by those ridiculous requirements in job offers:

  • Javascript (and not just jQuery)
  • Ruby (and not just Rails)
  • PHP (and not just Zend Framework),

What do they want?

First of all, jQuery, Rails, and Zend Framework are libraries written in JavaScript, Ruby and PHP respectively. So, of course, knowledge of the latter implies that of the former, because you can’t really do anything with a library if you don’t know the language it’s written in.

Then, if you want me to program an application in any given language without using libraries available at my fingertips for that language, then you’re just a fool. Do you really want me to give up on years of worldwide engineering experience advising about code reuse? What is it open source to you?