Adrian Kosmaczewski wrote a interesting post on Medium about Being A Developer After 40, and some of the things he’s learned since he started in 1997. My own career goes back to 1984, when I had a part-time job for five years writing graphics software that was used in many live and prerecorded shows for RTÉ, the Irish national television station.
I agree with his main points on how to reach age 40 (or 50), willing to continue in the profession of software developer:
- Forget The Hype
- Choose Your Galaxy Wisely
- Learn About Software History
- Keep on Learning
- Workplaces Suck
- Know Your Worth
- Send The Elevator Down
- Follow Your Gut
- APIs Are King
- Fight Complexity
#4, #5, and more recently #8 particularly resonate with me.
I’ve spent my entire career learning new skills and reading widely, far beyond what I immediately needed for my job, and I’m a much better developer for it.
I teach other developers face-to-face and I also teach by blogging, answering questions, and publishing software.
I’ve worked hard to reach where I am but I know that I started out with many advantages. White males are vastly overrepresented in my industry and diversity is badly needed.