Why age in software is bullshit

I ran this on my blog two years ago, before I was cross-posting here. It seems this is a perfect idea for this community. Let’s see what happens. :-)

It goes like this.

  1. Dave sure is shipping a lot of stuff.
  2. And that’s amazing considering how old he is.

Okay that’s bullshit. I’ll tell you why.

It’s because of my age that I can ship so much stuff.

I have a huge toolkit of solved problems, both on my computer and in my mind.

I’ve done all this stuff, 18 times before. I still do new things, but there are lots of struggles behind me. I know how to write a language interpreter, database, scheduler, a program editor, a presentation program, outliner, operating system, text editor, browser, aggregator, content management system, blogging tools, draw program. All kinds of servers. And even more important, I know how things fit together, big things. I’ve created a few standards. Not everything you could do in a career, but pretty close to it.

So you all need to get over this. People who love to create software will be doing it a lot longer than you think. And if you think this is something that only young people can do, you are wrong.

Developed first blogging software, RSS and podcasting, outliners, web CMS. Media hacker. Boot strapper. Writer. Academic. Friendly. :-)

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