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A job well done, @debugagrawal ! This is a huge milestone for sure!
Thanks for all your help with the DigitalOcean App Platform Hackathon on DEV so far, @chrisgetsbetter — and for your developer advocacy work 👏
This is a fantastic "weekly win", @maulik
I donated blood :) It made me happier and satisfied
Really appreciate this thoughtful, measured response by @jhilgeman about whether or not it's possible to age out of coding abilities.
I've been coding for just under 30 years. From that experience, I can say that you can't really "age out", at least not like that.
There will probably be languages you learn that you will mostly forget after about 5 years. I haven't touched a drop of Miva or Coldfusion since early 2000 (and hardly any Perl or VB), but it used to be most of what I wrote in.
There will be some languages that you just enjoy even if they're not the best. You know those guys who get paid big bucks because they're the only ones who know how to write COBOL anymore? Yeah, it's because they've continued to write it because there's still demand from large companies who have old systems. The larger the company, the greater the chance they'll still have some pretty old systems that still need maintenance or a knowledge of how to export data from them.
More than all that, you'll develop a knack for technical UNDERSTANDING as you continue in dev. Anyone can learn and memorize syntax but knowing how something works means you can write BETTER code than some fresh-out-or-college youngster who earns 1/5th of your salary.
These days I typically charge about $150 an hour for consulting work, and I know there are developers out there who charge a fraction of that, but it'll take them 10 days to write what I can do in 1 day and their code will be full of bugs, scalability issues, and security vulnerabilities, whereas I understand all of those areas and so people keep coming back to me because I just do a better job in every way (so I get to build cool new stuff all the time). I know that sounds like personal bragging but it's something most developers acquire over time by learning from their mistakes. It's just natural progression.
See you next week for more great comments ✌