“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” is one of the biggest lies ever told. Period.
And if you disagree with me, you’re wrong.
Think about it for a second, turning that thing you love doing during your spare time into an actual obligation is the equivalent of moving in with your best friend. Yes, it’s fun to hang out every day with them, but that’s because you know you get to go home, alone. Now, however, you’re alone, with them.
Heck, if you want to leave personal relations alone, doing this would be the same as having dessert twice instead of a normal main course. Dessert is great, we all want it after a satisfying meal, sometimes it can also be the highlight of a night out, but that is because you had the main course. If you suddenly decided to have dessert twice, you’ll feel bloated and probably sick after that meal. …
Prolog is one of those languages you normally learn during your formative years (in school, university, and the like), but it is learned and forgotten almost at the same time.
Why is that, though? Well, personally, I blame our industry. I’ve been working as part of the software development industry for the past 17 years, and during that time, I’ve worked on all kinds of web development and big-data-related projects (i.e. big platforms, ETL pipelines, and everything in between). The reality is that I never saw a single line of Prolog anywhere.
Fast-forward to last week. It’s a regular Tuesday and I’m interviewing an aspiring software developer. When asked what other languages they knew how to use, they dropped the line “Well, I learned Prolog during my university years, but no one uses that anymore.” …
When I was around 6 or 7 years old, I was with my father at a gathering. I was old enough to have a basic romantic idea of what I wanted to be when I grew up but, young enough that saying it out loud wasn’t that embarrassing.
I remember how, when talking to one of my father’s friends, he asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up (you know, the classic question you ask kids). I immediately vomited the word “astronaut”, because honestly, what 6-year-old doesn’t love space?
I wanted to go to space, I wanted to travel through the stars, meet aliens, have space fights, and literally everything my heroes were doing on TV. It’s normal. But most importantly it’s doable — not easy, not simple, but an actual profession you can expect to have if you work enough for it. …