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Robᵉʳᵗ Graham @ErrataRob
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I keep seeing this meme about being successful in software for the next 10 years. The obvious answer is to learn COBOL. Programmers in legacy systems are retiring at a fast rate, so becoming an expert in legacy means high-pay and job security.
2/ The question isn't "success" so much as "satisfaction". Will you be satisfied programming for an IBM mainframe? Or will you derive more satisfaction writing an app for a mobile phone?
3/ Do you want to be on the cutting edge writing stuff for growth industries? Or will you be satisfied milking legacy industries?
4/ I achieved success by focusing on network security, which was new when I was young. The problem is that you want to get in at the early stages, when few know how big it will become, which means risking it won't become big.
5/ Should you get into cryptocurrencies? Despite a decade of experience, that field still seems be more a ponzi scheme than something that provides durable value.
6/ AI/machine-learning likewise seems to have more promise than success -- though it still has some pretty impressive successes. Even if it doesn't reach the levels people hope, it'll still have achieved much.
7/ Rust, Go, and C are the "systems" programming languages of the near future. I mention "near future" because I think in the future, with webasm and JIT, every language will become an adequate systems language.
8/ The languages that will probably be useless to you are academic ones (like Haskell) and C++. While C still has a strong value for libraries and kernels, I can't see any value in C++ when compared to Rust and Go.
9/ I used to love C++ and its zero-cost abstractions, until I understood the failure of OOP and the cost of zero-cost abstractions. Rust/Swift/Go are so much better than C++ it hurts to compare them.
10/ I still write in C because I'm still on the cutting edge of performance and scalability. Rust/Go do a better job at that than bad C, but still lag behind good C.
11/ So in regards to this response, C# is a great language, and it does work outside Microsoft. A lot of apps you use for your iPhone and Android are written in it. But it's problematic as a "future" language for the next 10 years.
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