||[May. 3rd, 2002|03:31 pm]
I had a phone interview today, where I was asked 'have you worked with ASP, Java and Oracle' and thus I had to say 'err no.' But I wonder how well my claim of being a quick learner plays with people like that.... the fact is i've spent an entire career with one manual or another open in my lap, and nearly every skill I've acquired has become obsolete within 2 or 3 years. Except my ability to learn on the job. When was the last time you saw an ad for a Z80 Assembly Language Programmer? Or an X Windows/Motif programmer?|
The sad part is that a lot of this is fashion. Every few years someone decides that a new computer language is indicated, or a new OS, or a new programming paradigm, when really what's needed is careful, disciplined design and documentation with the existing tools. It's possible to write programs in C++ or Java that you won't understand yourself in two weeks. And every time I'm forced to learn something new, I find that the simplest, most straightforward things I'd like to do are hidden.