A tourist walked into a pet shop and was looking at the animals on display. While he was there,
another customer walked in and said to the shopkeeper, "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
fitted a collar and leash, handed it to the customer, saying, "That'll be £5,000."
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.
Most of them are only a few hundred pounds. 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
The tourist looked at a monkey in another cage. "Hey, 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. The tourist gasped to the shopkeeper, "That one costs
more than all the others put together! What on earth does it do?"
The shopkeeper replied, "Well, I haven't actually seen it do anything, but it says it's a project
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