Enough with the “what stack are you using?” question, ask me about cats instead.

Me: Hi I’m a developer.

Guy I met in a random place: Cool , me too!!! What stack do you use?

Me: You know I have other things I care about in life right?

As a developer there’s this longing I have to be known for something else other than the “stack” I use, the frameworks I know or the apps I’ve built.

It’s not that I’m not proud of the work I do but that doesn’t translate to who I am as a person.

I am a human being first then a human doing.

The being denoting my internal make up as Dennis is different from the work Dennis does. In most cases, the tools I use are driven more by the problem I’m working on rather than a die hard fanatical support for them. #rubyist4ever #nodetillIdie #haskell

For once… I’d like a fellow developer to ask me about my views on politics, the refugee situation globally, music, love(yes, I have a life), religion and whether I believe in some higher power…(you get the drift).

The reason we jump to the “what language”, “what stack”, “what x” almost automatically is because we as developers & designers allow the tools we use to define us and become a part of our personality. This should not be the case.

Our tools are for our problems, period. Beyond our problems they serve no relevance.

I challenge you to try and postpone the “what x” question to the 4th point in the conversation with your fellow creative and see whether you run out of talk. Challenge yourself to know something non work related about that person: “Hi I like your haircut, who’s your barber?”

What you and I do today will definitely change overtime, who you are goes beyond the work you do.

So please: try where possible to avoid the: what stack are you using, what framework do you love, what tools do you admire and my portfolio(unless you’re looking to hire me, which is fine).

We are not our tools….

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