Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/08/04/outsourcing_firm_hires_chimps/

Outsourcing firm hires chimps

Pay peanuts get monkeys

By Drew Cullen

Posted in Bootnotes, 4th August 2003 12:42 GMT

Did you know that Visual Basic 6.O is the preferred programming language of chimpanzees? No, what about "recent research in primate programming suggests computing is a task that most higher primates can easily perform"? Us neither.

Primate Programming Inc, of Des Moines, Iowa has leveraged this innate talent to teach programming skills to primates and to resell their services.

If you thought Russian programmers were too cheap, you'll lose the plot with Primate Programming. Its charge-out costs for software maintenance and report writing start at 69 cents per hour. Software testing, it says, requires less skill and this service starts at 45 cents per hour.

You can find out more about this fascinating company at Primate Programming Inc: The Evolution of Java and .NET Training.

While we are on the subject of primates check out The Monkey Shakespeare Simulator. The current record is the first six letters from King John. Can you do better? ®