One balmy Tuesday morning i sat talking with a friend at Uniben when suddenly my mobile phone beeped. i looked at the screen it was a Lagos land line cos' i saw the Lagos land line extension. I picked the call and there came a greeting to which i responded. The husky voice asked me if i were the one that applied for the post of web programming in their company, i said yes. Then came the series of questions that made me really wonder why most company in Nigeria prefer Dotnet programmers than otherwise.
My caller asked me if i was good in SQL I told him that i was good in MySQL, he said 'No we are looking for SQL scripters'. I personally know that SQLs generally whether MySQL or MSSQL have the same syntax except for some minor differences and you could convert one to another using pre-made tools. Secondly he asked me what programming language i use i told him either python or php; he said 'No we are looking for Dotnet programming C# or VB'. Now i could use C# but because he was like I do not want anything beside microsoft platforms, anyway we would get back to you ' and that was it.
So coders of all languages in the house, i ask you this one question for the benefit of those who are yet to stand where we are standing now, should we for the fact that majority of Nigerian sites run on asp or aspx, limit ourselves to just learning the Dotnet technology or should we learn both Dotnet technology and the opensource technology?
It would be share madness to try to learn both technologies and to make matters worst some companies require you to have mix of these technologies and yet the give you chicken feed in the name of salary.