13 Aug '13, 6am
Don't Put All Your Eggs in Someone Else's Basket
Don't Put All Your Eggs in Someone Else's Basket 2013.07.09 (Excerpt from The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development) While managing an application development group, I once asked one of my employees, “What do you want to do with your career? What do you want to be?” I was terribly disappointed by his answer: “I want to be a J2EE architect.” I asked why not a “Microsoft Word designer” or a “RealPlayer installer?” This guy wanted to build his career around a specific technology created by a specific company of which he was not an employee . What if the company goes out of business? What if it let its now-sexy technology become obsolete? Why would you want to trust a technology company with your career? Somehow, as an industry, we fool ourselves into thinking market leader is the same thing as standard . So, to some people, it seems ratio...