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Why Coding At Fifty May Be Nifty 317

Posted by timothy
from the because-that's-when-you-join-the-singularity dept.
theodp writes "Enough with the dadgum naysayers. Google's Vivek Haldar lists some good reasons for why you would want to program at fifty (or any other age). Haldar's list would probably get a thumbs-up from billionaire SAS CEO Jim Goodnight, who had this to say about coding when interviewed at age 56: 'I would be happy if I just stayed in my office and programmed all day, to tell you the truth. That is my one real love in life is programming. Programming is sort of like getting to work a puzzle all day long. I actually enjoy it. It's a lot of fun. It's not even work to me. It's just enjoyable. You get to shut out all your other thoughts and just concentrate on this little thing you're trying to do, to make work it. It's nice, very enjoyable.'"
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Why Coding At Fifty May Be Nifty

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  • by grcumb (781340) on Sunday November 04, 2012 @08:39AM (#41871643) Homepage Journal

    Asking whether geeks should still be coding at fifty is like asking if people should still be having sex at fifty. The answer is stupidly obvious. OF COURSE we'll still be coding at fifty! It may seem revolting to younger folks, and lord knows it does take a little longer to get going. But once we've hit that groove, baby, we're not done in 30 seconds. No, we work that algorithm, and we know how to do it, too. None of those stupid mistakes we made during the frenzied, sweaty all-night coding sessions of our youth, blindly swapping pointers and hoping to avoid another premature segfault. Oh, no. And none of that I'm-too-hot-for-you arrogance, either. We leave our customers satisfied, because - take my word for it - that's the only way they're coming back for more.

    ... Tragically, of course, if you're a fifty year old geek, coding is as close as you're getting to sex for the rest of your life....

    *SOB*

  • by Joce640k (829181) on Sunday November 04, 2012 @08:52AM (#41871697) Homepage

    ... Tragically, of course, if you're a fifty year old geek, coding is as close as you're getting to sex for the rest of your life....

    Boy, are YOU doing it wrong....

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 04, 2012 @09:22AM (#41871809)

    So tell me, where is all this elegant software?

    Waiting for some old guy to fix all those "elegant" solutions.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 04, 2012 @09:28AM (#41871847)
    Is that why so many under 30 demand handholding for the most basic tasks? I'm talkin REAL BASIC stuff here. Tasks they somehow manage to do themselves anyway if no handholding is available? And here I was thinking it was just their massive entitlement mentality.
  • by Alex Belits (437) * on Sunday November 04, 2012 @11:37AM (#41872533) Homepage

    well, the good news is that you can do this today, it's been around for at least ten years. Its called UML. what happens in your fantasy is that you draw your code layouts in boxes with various types of lines to link the objects together, then click a button and the whole thing gets generated into your favourite language. you then fill in a few of the details (ie the implementation inside some of those objects) and you're done.

    THIS IS WHAT UML TOOLS PROPONENTS REALLY BELIEVE.

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