Dead-End developer; 10 to 20 year industry trends

Honeywell / Eng that1guy
Oct 28, 2018 14 Comments

Looking back, there were some smart and not so smart moves for software industry professionals to take their careers. Dedicating your time to becoming the number 1 Adobe Flash developer is not one of the smart moves.
Desktop applications have seen a hefty decrease with web based applications replacing a lot. ERP can be argued to be such a costly investment, I would argue that it is dying if not dead. Even virtual reality, such a promising technology that has been shown off by Facebook even and Oculus but has never really taken off mainstream.

Instead, look at Augmented Reality, with huge players dropping billions to get into the game to be first to market* (with mass appeal that makes our lives easier, not just a gimmick). How about AI, ML, crypto/blockchain, web services.

You get the point. Tell us, what do you think is the industry or specialization that technology professionals should focus on, and why? I.e. is it machine learning that is going to have a huge concentrated popularity and importance? Or should devOps switch specialities due to CI/CD trends?

If you could visit the future, what would you tell yourself today, “Self, drop everything and become the leading expert in <specialty> and you will not regret it”


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TOP 14 Comments
  • Microsoft / Eng Gubbins 🤺
    Teach yourself how to learn something fast. Technology will always be changing and there’s always the next new hot tech to learn. If you can learn to learn fast, you can rise up as soon as you identify the hot tech.
    Oct 28, 2018 2
    • Bank of America Ch123ang
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Capital One / Eng

      Capital One Eng

      death by onions and peppers
      Totally. Also, just be open to change and be willing to jump on a bandwagon here and there, even if you think it's dumb. Staying relevant sometimes requires that you follow the crowd.
      Oct 28, 2018
  • Sprinklr swing
    Blockchain, ai no brainer
    Oct 28, 2018 2
    • Uber K G B
      Being an expert in blockchain sounds similar to being an expert in quicksort.
      Oct 28, 2018
    • Microsoft sqiF24
      Yup. Two square pegs to fit all round holes.
      Oct 28, 2018
  • Systems programming, distributed systems, NOC design still has a 40 yr future. Until someone releases NOC-in-a-box.

    AI (the CS snake oil discipline) specifically neural networks is a fad that gets hot every 25 years and then Fizzles out. We are currently in the fizzle out phase, 3rd AI revolution. Next fake AI revolution is in 2045.
    Oct 28, 2018 1
    • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
      What is your evidence that ML is fizzling out?
      Oct 28, 2018
  • New / Design nerds
    AI/ML has already kicked off and probably continue to rise. Don't forget IoT
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • New awxhopl
    Blockchain engineer.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    McGraw-Hill Education
    Cobol. The world will forever run on it. The world fears change.
    Oct 28, 2018 0
  • Netflix / Eng ricewater
    Been a Java dev the entire career, will retire as one.
    Nov 12, 2018 1
    • New pqmzy
      Netflix is a good place to retire
      Nov 12, 2018
  • Cisco / Eng @blind@
    What r the best ways to learn AI, machine learning and blockchain?
    Oct 28, 2018 0


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