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Programmers get better with age

2013-04-30 20:47:53.455321+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Wired Enterprise: Like a Good Scotch, Developers Get Better With Age. Quick fluff piece on Is Programming Knowledge Related To Age? (PDF) which seems to answer "yes, and experience matters."

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-04-30 21:07:50.988644+00 by: markd

Amazing. Practicing something over a period of time lets you get better at it. Film at eleven.

#Comment made: 2013-04-30 22:13:00.0024+00 by: Jack William Bell

Yeah Mark. Big surprise, right?

But snark aside, older developers are having problems finding work in some places. They cost more. Managers fear their skills are out of date. Etc. etc.

That said, I usually don't have those issues and I am in my mid fifties. But I have friends who have been on the receiving end of ageism in both dev and operations roles. The difference seems to be experience with embedded and mobile (I have it, they didn't -- and maybe I have something else a little harder to quantify). For plain old webdev and SQL work the tendency is to hire younger.

In any case, this kind of 'obvious' fact about experience is maybe not so obvious to hiring managers?

#Comment Re: made: 2013-05-01 11:11:03.180511+00 by: meuon

I'm in Jamaica right now, working. One of the reasons we won the bid here was we had some experienced business world developers.