“As a developer..” my skills are not updated

When I started as a software engineer, I realised very quickly you had to stay on top of your game.  This essentially meant keeping up with the latest framework, and moving from language to language – riding the trends.  Clearly, the key was picking the correct trend to follow.  In the last few years the explosion of frameworks and languages has caused the trend picking to become more complex, but not impossible.  Its also in some ways, generate a new trend in a subset of software engineers.  This new trend is effectively the “one trick pony” – software engineers stuck in a loop of one software stack believing that there is no better way to code – they can’t be bothered to re-skill and adapt.  In many ways, their careers are over, they just don’t realise it.


~ by mdavey on October 15, 2015.

One Response to ““As a developer..” my skills are not updated”

  1. I don’t think this issue is new, it’s been around for quite a while, and it goes beyond computer languages. But in recent years it is becoming even more important to be able to see beyond language as the types of systems and the need for performance becomes more critical. Developers who don’t grasp what is required to adapt to new and evolving hardware platforms become depreciated as well. The days of being effective but thinking one can ignore the realities of new hardware architectures means these individuals are stuck in the late 1990’s and early 2000s. They are not prepared to understand the design requirements that are fundamental to a new era.

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