The Value of Old Programmers

Tod Hansmann (14.Jul.2017 at 10:30, 50 min)
Talk at OpenWest Conference 2017 (English - US)

Rating: 3 of 5

Programming becomes more and more popular as we go. Yet we still have few in the up and coming groups that are capable of building the very tools and systems we rely on. Why?

We'll explore the research on how programmers and programming have changed over the years, and more importantly how it has not. We'll dive into why old programmers are stigmatized, what we all can do about it, and how to see the extremely important value of experience and understanding, and the importance of the much larger group of us that will never be interested in attaining that depth. Everyone has a place, everyone a valuable work to be done, and it begins with our history. [82]

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Rating: 3 of 5

16.Jul.2017 at 10:11 by Kimball Robinson (9 comments) via Web2 LIVE

As a kid level engineer this was useful. It could be presented in half the time, and in a more positive tone. It's be interested in another talk from you on "learning from developers above and below your own experience level" or something along those lines. Or, "how to seem young as you gain experience in software development". Or a combination of the two. Something with a few more action points and take-aways *throughout* the talk.

Still, it was a good talk and I got some good perspective from it, on how experience can come across in good and bad situations. How to interpret tempered enthusiasm and such. That's helpful.


16.Jul.2017 at 10:15 by Kimball Robinson (9 comments) via Web2 LIVE

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As a mid level engineer this was useful. It could be presented in half the time, and in a more positive and action oriented tone. I would be interested in another talk from you on "learning from developers above and below your own experience level" or, "how to seem young as you gain experience in software development". Or a combination of the two. Something with a few more action points and take-aways *throughout* the talk.

It was a good talk and I got some good perspective from it, like how experience can come across in attitudes in good and bad situations, detecting bogus company projections, how to interpret tempered enthusiasm for new languages and features, and such. That's helpful.

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