re: Is anyone planning a full or partial "early retirement" from software development? VIEW POST

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I honestly can't imagine someone working as a developer for 15+ years without going completely insane. All old-timers are super weird if you think about it. Programming does that to you


Who said you need to work on open source projects made by big corporations? There are many successful open source project which do not depend on corporations (Rust, Firefox, even dev.to is open source). GIMP is a hugely successful open source project which does not depend on corporations too.

Also, I was talking about personal projects. I don't plan on making anything huge but to do what I love even after I leave professional field.


Been in this industry 20 years...am I weird? Maybe. But I also enjoy it and I think it might stave off the Alzheimer’s...😎


I love the work but I'm starting to feel like I'm yesterday's news, from a different time etc. A lot of what I'm seeing now is making things that seemed simple before quite complicated under the guise of doing things "correctly". Like having pretty code and using the latest and greatest is maybe more important than the thing we're building.
I can keep up for now, but am I going to be able to keep up with 20 year olds developing the newest coolest thing when I'm 50 in ten years' time? Who knows.


Maybe profesionally but I can definitely see myself doing open source software development for decades to come.


Open source is a meme, but suit yourself

Because no one can support it for long enough. It relies on individuals and their enthusiasm which means that it is unreliable in the long term.

Projects like Gratipay (now defunct), Bountysource, and OpenCollective all tried to sprout up as a way to fund these angels who make our lives as developers less frustrating, but the generosity of other developers and million-dollar companies (who are built on these free technologies) is virtually non-existent.

Open source isn't sustainable. It's a meme big corporations are cramming down people's throats because it generates slave labor for them.

The only relevant open source anymore are these overengineered frameworks Google and Facebook release every now and then.

How about Bitcoin? Pretty impressive open source project?

Impressive, but Bitcoin wasn't built in Open Source. It was created by someone (Satoshi) and then the working codebase was released to open source.

I'm not saying that Open Source is useless. I'm just saying that most of the libraries and frameworks are not sustainable in the long run if they don't have a huge corporation backing them up. There are exceptions, of course, like, as you mentioned, Bitcoin.

You're missing the point big time. All code starts closed source. Why, because it sits on our machine if we want to be pedantic about it.
However, I have lived through and sure you have many new versions of operating systems and frameworks which renders proprietary code incompatible.
Don't even know why we are arguing over this, probably we are both right.
Happy Thursday.


I have mixed feelings about what we call open source today. I love it, but many large corporations have outsized influence that crowds out newcomers that can't afford to compete...making many liberally licensed projects more like faux-pen source.

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