Tag: Programming

Learning to Code is Damn Hard

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…for the most part, … introductory tools do a great job of guiding you like a child in a crosswalk past the big scary variables and conditional statements and through the early phases of programming syntax. As you conquer one after another of their gamified challenges, your confidence rises. Maybe you can do this after all! How hard can it be? You’re basically a developer already!

I’ve written code since I was about 13 (1980). First BASIC, then later Pascal, assembler, C, C++, Perl, Java, PHP etc. Back in the 1980s, everyone was self-taught. You either figured it out or you didn’t. No Google. No online tutorials. Learning a new language — the basic syntax etc — takes time is you’ve…

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The Developer’s Dystopian Future

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I think about how I used to fill my time with coding. So much coding. I was willing to dive so deep into a library or framework or technology to learn it.

My tolerance for learning curves grows smaller every day. New technologies, once exciting for the sake of newness, now seem like hassles. I’m less and less tolerant of hokey marketing filled with superlatives. I value stability and clarity.

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I’m scared that either the job “web developer” is outpacing me, or my skills are atrophying.

Marco Arment links to developer Ed Finkler who is ageing and finding that keeping up with every flashy shiny new language and development framework is just exhausting and no longer interesting. I’m almost 48 — Marco and Ed are most likely much younger — and as a former1 web developer I’m already living into my…

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