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Not that I was alive in the 60s, but when it came to learning technology in the olden days it was more like this... you learn X, Y, and Z. Master them. You're a programmer. These days it's more like learn A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, and Y. You have to know them all. You're *supposed* to master them all. And you can use all of them for decades, but as soon as you don't know Z... you're a n00b!
How dare you not know something. We want someone who's used Z forget A through Y... Z baby all the way! What... you want to spend time with family these days? Freak! Go home and study until you die... get that Z too. Although as soon as you do we're switching to AA.
Experienced people know that to master everything these days is impossible. But gee golly that Z is so shiny. Who cares if it's a 90% copy of Y... Z is so shiny.
I waited 2 years to pick Silverlight, waiting to make sure it was mainstream, I was not going to get caught with a deprecated technology again. How did that work out for me - 14 applications need rewriting.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
True. Just to play devil's advocate though, I've seen programmers be guilty of this too. I mean yeah, also execs. It doesn't help when the programmers give the execs the buzzword jockey stuff either. I think it's just a people thing, the less they know anything about tech the more they have to rely on buzzwords as a crutch, regardless of their role in it.
Sometimes you're caught in a situation where you have to play the political game though. You need a project that's going to help everyone but it's a hard sell to the higher ups who never want to open the purse strings. So to get their buy in sometimes that takes that new shiny object that they've heard about on tv to get it through.
Nothing at all wrong with good old JS, even better, the new ES5 and ES6, but mastering them?
"'Do what thou wilt...' is to bid Stars to shine, Vines to bear grapes, Water to seek its level; man is the only being in Nature that has striven to set himself at odds with himself."
I hear you. Access is one of the best RAD tools around. Nothing beats it for one-off projects and I use it as a friendlier UI for SQL Server than SSMS. E.g., it is a breeze to link databases from different servers compared to the contorted SSMS procedure.
Way back when, I was a Professor of Computer Science (mid-eighties) and I thought I might know as much as 85% of what there was to know about computers and software - and I was upset about not knowing the other 15%.
Nowadays I think I know about 0.0085% of what there is and falling behind about 0.001% per week - and am happy not knowing all the rest!
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
Wise choice bro. I might have gone insane if I forced myself to learn all these AngularJs, BackboneJs, EmberJs, WEb Toolkit, jQuery, MooTools, React, OpenUI5, Smart Client, UnifiedJs, VueJs, and Webix.
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