The Fable of the Little Chickadee

The Fable of the Little Chickadee

As I walked along the park on a crisp winter day I spotted a most curious sight. A small bird perched upon a stone bench, pecking away at its laptop, with an equally small cup of coffee next to it. You must think this is not that unusual, birds must earn a living after all.

As I walked along the park on a crisp winter day I spotted a most curious sight.

A small bird perched upon a stone bench, pecking away at its laptop, with an equally small cup of coffee next to it. You must think this is not that unusual, birds must earn a living after all.

The peculiarity of this situation laid on the fact that the little bird, who turned out to be a black-capped chickadee upon further inspection, beeped incessantly. He beeped with a language so coarse, it would put hair on a baby's chin.

Intrigued by the exasperated little bird and seeing as how my code was currently compiling back at the office, I decided to approach it.

“Morning, little bird. You seem to be awfully frustrated, why is that?” I asked.

The little bird stopped typing on its keyboard and looked back up at me.

“Oh, I’m sorry, was I swearing too loudly?”

“Just a tad,” I said bringing my index and thumb together for emphasis.

The raised black feathers on its head smoothed out, “I’m dreadfully sorry.”

“Is there any way I could help?”

“I don’t believe so. I’m an engineer you see.”

“But that’s perfect,” I exclaimed, “I’m an engineer as well.”

I pulled out the giffin that all true engineers are given upon graduation and performed a simple coding cantrip on it to show my bona fides.

The little bird’s feathers puffed, “You’re an engineer indeed,” it said, “and by the notches on your giffin, an experienced one at that.”

“I’ve been around for a while,” I said, trying not to blush, “what would this problem be then?”

“Well, I recently graduated from TU,” it said.

“Tweeting University?"

“Torquay University,” it said, somewhat reproachfully.

“Pardon me, please continue.”

“I recently graduated and I’ve been applying to jobs but I feel that my current programming languages are not enough.”

“I see, which ones do you know?”

“The ones they taught me at uni. C++, Java and Python”

“That’s not a bad combo, you’ve got something for systems, a general purpose language and a nice scripting one for web dev, tools and such.”

“Yes, but is it enough? I was reading the TIOBE index…”

I raised my hand in objection, “Ahhhh see, there’s your problem.”

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