If you weren't involved in the development of software, what might you be doing? That is to say, if software development were removed as an option, given all other _realistic_ oppotunities, what might you choose as an alternative career?
I would be one of those "This Old House" type people who restores old houses.
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I can't imagine doing the software thing for the entirety of my working lifetime. As my father once said, once you've been programming for about eight or ten years, there's not a lot that's new and exciting.
I have to take issue with the statement of 8-10 years and you've seen it all. That is a typical statement from someone in the mainframe world who has been writing stock control and accounts receivable packages all of their life. I come from that world so I do know what I am talking about. Outside of that world, the in-house IT department, there are lots of new challenges. I've moved from mainframe to PC, learned C then went to OO, then Java/J2EE and back to C++ (thats no reflection on Java/J2EE BTW). I've taught myself the basics of DSP and am dabbling in that area, its fascinating.
Some of us who claim to have 'seen it all' are really talking about big whole sea changes. I've spent 8 years in mainly C++. The first 2 years were very exciting because it was a very strange world and I was learning so much every day.
I'd be a corporate trainer
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