Last month, I had the opportunity to talk about a topic I hold dear: how to make our job part of something sustainable.
This is something I’ve planned to share and I thought the period of the new year’s resolutions may be a great time to do it.
So, before going any further, let’s begin with why the idea of sustainable development should even be a question in the digital field.
The end of the year is a good time for assessments.
A good one is, “what have I learned this year?”
IT is a field that keeps moving, and we need to stay up to date if we don’t want to drown.
In our culture, most of our knowledge is stored and shared through writing, so a part of my question becomes, “what have I read that was enlightening this year?”
I’ve discussed with several people, this year.
Technical leads, technical supervisors, architects…
You get the gist.
Among those discussions, I heard a recurring complaint, which I previously feared to be my demanding nature expressing itself.
But no! Other people noticed it too, and it basically boils down to something like this: we’re facing a new generation of developers, who like to do things fast and don’t care much about how things work deep down, and we’re living in an era proposing a new framework to help them go faster and not understand.
The two together won’t make for great developers. Good developers, maybe, but not great ones.
More than once in my—no-so-long—career, I’ve had to work on machines that were not appropriate to my development needs.
These were most often the result of company policies designed to reduce the cost of machines to a reasonable level, but that doesn’t take the specific case of developers into account.
In the (not-so-)long run, it’s actually often money sent down the drain nonetheless.
Many people I know have abandonned RSS and Atom feeds and prefer to use social network to keep up-to-date.
For those who haven’t, I know no system is perfect but I can think of at least one frequent irritation I don’t want to reproduce on this site.
I always wished I had an artistic talent of some sort.
Some friends once diagnosed me to be a “latent artist.”
The truth however is that I’ve never found myself any sort of skill, but maybe that’s because skill comes from hard work.