Ericson Smith

Why is it so hard for older developers to keep going with technology?

3 years ago

Speaking for myself (as an older developer) we are not looking to stop going with technology.

I’d rather spend more time designing and writing simpler systems in the least amount of code possible in languages I know very well - rather than jump on the next hotness.

i have a favorite saying to my juniors when they talk about some new interesting systems:

“remember we could implement it in shell scripts and text databases and get the same result”.

In the end, the user does not care what or how we create a system.

They are only interested that there is a system that solves their problems. Users will even forgive something that looks bad and runs slow if it solves most of their problems.

Thats why Craig’s list makes a billion dollars a year.


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