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a .net/python/javascript polyglot in need of coffee.


May
9
comment How long can you be out of the MS market before it affects your career
My experience has been that the programmer has little choice in the greater infrastructure that can be used in a company. My current project is in a Microsoft shop. I got to choose the architecture but it was always going to be microsoft technologies. Similarly, when I worked in an Oracle shop, it was always going to be Unix/Oracle. I managed to introduce perl into the admin side, but the core product was Oracle. If I was doing direct consulting with a small business with no invested infrastructure, there may be a choice. You can only choose the platform by choosing the company to work for.
May
9
comment How long can you be out of the MS market before it affects your career
That's how I look at it. That being said, I'm currently working on a WPF MVVM project part time. Even though this is .Net 4, I am still not using MVC, Entity Framework or IIS7. The project just does not need them. If I was working on a Web project, I may know MVC but would not know WPF. Damn, you just know it all can you? The problem tends not to be learning the stuff. Learning is easy. From experience, unless you have the magic check-list of requirements in the job ad, you will not even get to the interview.
May
8
comment How long can you be out of the MS market before it affects your career
@Anna - no holy war here. I may need to make some hard choices here in order to keep my career relevant and paying the bills. If that means a short-term pay cut is required to rebuild a career in the Java/Ruby/X world is necessary to establish a more solid career then so be it.
May
8
comment How long can you be out of the MS market before it affects your career
More words please. Are you saying there is a 3 year drop-dead time? If so, that feels about right. I have also noticed as the MS world gets more fragments, you have to have exactly the right skills. My WPF job aint gunna help me get a MVC job.
May
8
comment How long can you be out of the MS market before it affects your career
@Jarrod - I haven't done Java since Uni so I think it would be hard for me to move across. I have no religious affiliations to any technology. I'll have a look into it though, thanks. The money aspect is kinda important - I am earning the same money as I did in 2000 :-(
May
8
comment How long can you be out of the MS market before it affects your career
@ggamett. From seek.com.au: .net jobs in Melbourne: 398, Python: 69, php: 742, iphone: 58, android: 31.
May
8
asked How long can you be out of the MS market before it affects your career
May
8
answered Is there such a thing as staying in a job too long?
May
4
comment What if the client needs the ability to retrieve passwords?
+1 for Audit trail, so very important for day-to-day work as well as (hopefully not day-to-day) disasters. People rarely take security or auditing seriously.
Apr
15
answered What is the most pragmatic & basic UI pattern to follow for Silverlight and/or WPF
Apr
2
answered How important do you think IE-friendliness is?
Mar
20
comment What is the difference between a great programmer and a financially successful programmer?
Disagree on the disagree. A coder with great skills is limited by the fact thy can only work so many hours a week. The way they can multiply their effect is to manage a team of coders. They can then use their skills and "vision" to direct those coders. Just because you don't code any more does not mean you should lose any respect.
Mar
9
answered Do you use your personal laptop for work?
Feb
27
answered If you need more than 3 levels of indentation, you're screwed?
Feb
23
answered Should a .NET, JavaScript and SQL Web App developer learn Perl?
Feb
18
answered Is an 'if password == XXXXXXX' enough for minimum security?
Feb
9
accepted Strategies for managing use of types in Python
Feb
9
comment Strategies for managing use of types in Python
I think the issue (as noted below) could just be the pain of dealing with other people's undocumented code. A language like C# gives a few more hints as to what is going on by having types noted but the real solution here is probably just to document the parameters and behaviour and implement some naming standards.
Feb
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