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Best approach to reenergize an old programmer

StonyCreekBare (540804) writes | about 2 years ago


StonyCreekBare (540804) writes "I stared out programming in Z80 assembler in the 1970's. Then I programmed in Pascal. Then x86 Assembler in the early 90's. Over time I did a smattering of C, Basic, Visual C++, Visual Basic, and even played at Smalltalk. Most recently I settled on Perl, and Perl/Tk as the favorite "Swiss army Chainsaw" tool set, and modestly consider myself reasonably competent with that. But suddenly, in this tight financial environment I need to find a way to get paid for programming, and perl seems so "yesterday". The two hot areas I see are IOS programming and Python, perhaps to a lesser extent, Java. I need to modernize my skill-set and make myself attractive to employers. I recently started the CS193P Stanford course on iTunesU to learn iPad programming, but am finding it tough going. I think I can crack it, but it will take some time, and I need a paycheck sooner rather than later. What does the Slashdot crowd see as the best path to fame, wealth and full employment for gray-haired old coots who love to program?"

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Suggestion (1)

schoudhri (1731190) | about 2 years ago | (#41621577)

A friend of mine is 65 years old and he has faced a similar situation. My suggestion to him was to move a little away from development and explore the possibilities of a Business Analyst role or a technical writer role. A lot of companies are facing this problem where the programmers rely upon detailed specs or comps especially if the development teams are spread out into different countries. In such cases they need a middle man who has experience in development and can successfully transform the business decisions into specs for programmers. During your experience as a developer if you have worked on a specific domain or industry for a long time and know well about it then you can also try to market yourself as a project or product owner. This position is popular now a days and well suited for agile based development life cycles. Hope my suggestion helps.

Z80 in the '70s? (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#41621611)

If you were doing assembly in the seventies, why are you looking for work? You should be near my age and close to retirement. My slavemaster sets me free in a year and a half.

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