I get so many ads about tools that I rarely need to "look" for them. Tool companies sell your name to other tool companies, so if you buy a tool, you can expect ads from their customers. Using DevEx exposed me to a bunch as did (I assume) SOurceGear and Redgate.
Kind of set in my ways, I've all the tools I need for what I do and work pretty quickly with them because of experience and habituation.
Sometimes I see stuff from CP mailings (rarely stuff I need but always click through). However, I will do the web-search routine if I need to do something new or am considering it. I'll need to do that, for example, if I ever get into making phone applications (like Android).
Sometimes things come my way and I look into them.
So I can use my compass and a tiny bar magnet to read and flip bits on the actual platter.
These new fangled SSD's don't let you do that, and my multimeter probes are far too large to even read the bits on that directly ...
It may sound old fashioned, but it's way more reliable that punched cards ...
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I know plenty of old farts who're up with the times!
How old are you anyway?
How long will you get away with using technology that wasn't invented after approximately 2010 (judging from your earlier forum posts)?
And why did you lose interest in that particular year?
How long will you get away with using technology that wasn't invented after approximately 2010
The most important tool any of us use is our brain. The human brain hasn't undergone any significant changes in thousands (possibly tens of thousands?) of years, so the answer to your question is "longer than my life expectancy."
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Tell that to all the old VB applications that can't run on Windows 10 anymore (which was quite an issue with an old employer of mine, although we got it working eventually).
Or all the other old tech that is no longer supported and doesn't receive new (security) updates.
Or tell your customers that you're still on .NET 4.0 (which I think is Piebald's favorite .NET because that came out around 2010).
Tell them a mobile app is not within the possibilities because your stack is 10+ years old.
Tell them you still use XML rather than JSON.
Cloud? We don't do that here. Microservices? Nope. AI/ML? Burn the witch!
Some customers don't care, but the fun ones do.
Besides, I think we have an obligation, as professionals, to not give customers "new" 10+-year old software when newer LTS software is readily available (and tried and tested).
And when you're an employer and you only work with old stuff, try finding good employees.
"What if I train people and they leave?"
"What if you don't and they stay?"
I hear what you're saying, but it often doesn't work like that in practice.
Don't get me wrong, there's a place for old tech, mainly in legacy systems, but even those systems will have to upgrade eventually (unless you're doing COBOL I guess).