2014-09-23

Saying "No" to Learning...

The time I was most annoyed at someone for pushing learning a new language, it was [defunct technology]. A new developer in the group was pushing a C++/C# guy to learn [defunct technology], while the executive director agreed with me to just to let him create whatever-it-was in C#. The reasons I objected: As for myself, I gladly learn technologies that I think would be useful, or might advance my career, or that I find intellectually engaging, although it is usually not learning a new language, but more likely an new architecture. My background is in MS Office, desktop, and database development, with light but varied work in web UI's. I was recently expected to pick up more ASP.NET MVC, which is not a radical departure from my own MVP/MVVM desktop designs, as well as things like Entity Framework. The work is fun enough, my productivity increased, they are marketable skills, and they are natural extensions of what I currently work with, although I would gladly learn pick up some newer technologies given the opportunity: