A very strange thing happened in the mid 90's. Software Engineering fell out of favor at major universities across the U.S. About 10 years later at a Microsoft conference I attended they spoke about the upcoming shortage of software engineers.
Couple that with the demand of today's smart end users, and we now have a very good situation for Software Engineers. A demand as never before.
Is a term used for those of us who feel comfortable in our current position. We don't feel the need to continually improve. Our salary is acceptable, we love our environment, our manager is great!
The problem is, our skills are in an exponential decline. Golden Handcuffs are a sure way to become unmarketable. It allows us to ignore the advances in Software Engineering.
What Color is Your Parachute
The infamous book's "What Color is your Parachute" most profound advice may be paraphrased:
"If you aren't adding new skills every 6 months to your resume, you will be driven out of the market".
Who Moved My Cheese
Is an expose on the fast changing world.
We must learn to accept change and make the best of it.
Enough on the theory stuff, don't waste too much time with these books until you are in a job and want to start long term planning.
Software Engineers are saddled with frequent interruptions. They come from every angle : Managers, Business Analysts, Peers, Scrum Masters, Project Managers, Product Owners.
Become a part of the Demand
The top 4 Languages
Here's the top 4 languages by number of questions on Stack Overflow
Most Loved Frameworks
The Stack Overflow developer survey of 2020 listed these web frameworks as most loved by 'Professional Developers':
Cloud Revenue for 2020
Microservices are going to become a major disrupter to how things are done. They will displace Express and ASP.NET.
Top Skills to learn today
Stay focused and study 8 to 10 hours a day and weekends too. Make yourself sick of studying.
This is the fastest way to be "In Demand"
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