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Buy the Book…

Last night at about 5:30 the Sales line rang at the office. Almost always a call that late is just to ask if we provide high-speed Internet access to homes. (We don’t.) So I answered the call with great hesitation to begin with. The man on the other end of the phone wanted to know if we could host his website – built with CGI and CMDL (?) – nope, sorry – Win2k servers, ASP or Cold Fusion only. His response? “Well, I guess I’ll have to go and buy a book and learn ASP. I can probably learn that in a week.”

I must have laughed for at least half an hour over that, and it made me giggle all night whenever I thought about it.

This morning he called again. This time I was prepared with the speech, and when I mentioned that we run ASP or Cold Fusion with SQL 7 he responded with, “PHP will work with SQL 7, right?” Yes, but we don’t host PHP here. “But it works with SQL 7?” Yes, but we don’t run it on our servers here! Yes, it could be run on them, but we don’t. We don’t support it either. So he told me again that he’ll just have to buy a book and learn ASP…

And I laughed all over again.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

7 replies on “Buy the Book…”

hmmm… i don’t wanna seem like a turd or anything, but it took me just under a week to learn asp and code it at a professional level on a client’s site back in my web development days.

then again if one has a programming background it’s quite easy to pick up a language very quickly. you just need to learn the new methods, syntax, etc. now c# is gonna take some time to get used to. :-/

*goes to hide under a rock*

Yeah, but he’s going to learn to code to the level of setting up the complex eCommerce site he described? I mean, picking up on syntax to do some things, fine. But … nah. I don’t see it happening, and I’ve worked with ASP programmers for years.

One of my best buddies learned PHP in a week but he programs in over 20 languages and he had good experience with SQL so msSQL wasn’t so bad. He did it a couple of high end ecommerce sites as we yanked them off of Cold Fusion. He’s only 25 has a Masters in Computer Science and working on his MBA. I hate him on a daily basis.

ahhh, i see whatcha mean christine. 🙂 true… our company did eComm sites the easy way, Commerce Server. 😉 point & click enterprise level ecomm sites *lol* gotta love them cheesy micro$oft development tools.

sean, i know whatcha mean. i know one guy that’s exactly like your friend. though we do always ask him for help. *lol*

what will you do if he rings back in a week and says “I’m ready for my hosting now”?
give him a job?
me, if I was him, I would have just asked my boy to go and learn ASP in a week. there are advantages to being married to a geek..

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