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Is Software Development a Young Person's Game?

May 19, 2010, 12:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Spiegel)

"You have no idea what you are talking about!"

"Those words really ticked me off. I remember like it was yesterday, sitting there in a team meeting with the entire development team.

"The team was quite diverse, and I don't mean by ethnicity. I'm referring to diversity in age. There were shiny new developers and veteran, gray-haired developers.

"Guess which ones thought they knew more?

"Wrong! Both the oldies and newbies thought they were more brilliant than their counterparts.

"I happened to fall into the newbie category. We were arguing about the need to improve performance on an inventory management application written in COBOL. I was showing off some performance enhancement tricks I learned on a prior project (something to do with signed versus unsigned fields) and insisted we go back and modify all the fields to improve performance.

"The oldest developer in the room laughed at me. Literally."

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