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 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. Most of them are only a few = hundred dollars. 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 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?" The shopkeeper replied, "Well, I
haven't actually seen it do anything, but it says it knows e-commerce."