Sunday, April 8, 2012

remain relevant in a given technology(fundamentals

Q: At age 55, will you still qualify as a swing developer, or SQL developer, or python developer, or Unix admin?

1) An important factor is the stability of the language and the changing demand on specific skillset in that Language (contrast java vs SQL), but let's focus on another factor -- fundamentals.

2) In every language, there's a body of fundamental knowledge ("knowledge-pearls") that are Empowering and Instrumental. They facilitate your learning of "superstructure". Many hiring managers believe strong fundamentals are the most important skill with a given Language.

I feel low-level knowledge will help you remain /relevant/ over 10 years. Some of the most tricky and frequently quizzed sub-topics are low-level -- threading, memory-mgmt, collections, subclass memory layout, casting, RTTI, vptr, c++ big 3, ...

3) I feel an appreciation of relative strengths/weaknesses of alternative technologies will help you remain relevant. Fundamental knowledge would help you appreciate them.

4) essential libraries of threading, collections, I/O, networking, ... are not strictly part of the fundamentals, but part of mandatory skills anyway.

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