Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The monkey shop

A tourist walked into a pet shop and was looking at the animals on

While he was there, another customer walked in and said to the

"I'll have a C monkey please."

The shopkeeper nodded, went over to a cage at the side of the shop and
took out a monkey.

He fit a collar and leash, handed it to the customer, saying, that'll
be $5000." The customer paid and walked out with his monkey.

Startled, the tourist went over to the shopkeeper and said,

"That was a very expensive monkey. Why did it cost so much?"

The shopkeeper answered,

"Ah, that monkey can program in C very fast, tight code, no bugs, well
worth the money."

The tourist looked at the monkey in another cage. "That one's even
more expensive! $10,000!

What does it do?"

"Oh, that one's a C++ monkey;

it can manage object- oriented programming, Visual C++, even some Java.

All the really useful stuff," said the shopkeeper.

The tourist looked around for a little longer and saw a third monkey
in a cage of its own.

The price tag around its neck read $50,000.

He gasped to the shopkeeper, "That one costs more than all the other
put together! What on earth does it do?" T he shopkeeper replied,
"Well, I haven't actually seen it doing anything, but the other
monkeys call him the project manager."

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