Pre-Internet vs. Post-Net Developers

by bxrtley

Based on the comments from Erik Trautman’s awesome post on the journey to becoming a developer, a few questions came to mind regarding aspiring developers who:

  • started in early childhood (pre-Internet) vs.
  • the pre-Internet “late bloomer” with limited resources vs.
  • the post-Internet late bloomer with tons of online resources

I’m Curious…

  1. Does unlimited access to introductory resources create these “cliff of confusion” and “desert of despair” phases?
  2. Have online courses/companies strategically facilitated for cliffs and deserts to almost inevitably occur, as a well-crafted freemium model?
  3. Do aspiring developers need to just suck it up and keep pushing, like pre-Internet developers have done, or has the economy negatively shifted so much that post-Net newbies aren’t just whining?
  4. If by the year 2020, 1.2 Million tech jobs will be unfilled in the U.S. is the theme of “learn how to become a developer in _ weeks/months” warranted? Is time truly of the essence or is it a business ploy?
  5. Did pre-Net developers take longer to learn because of lack of access or because of an average learning curve timespan or both?
  6. In this fast-paced, online-driven society, what is the definition of a “late-bloomer”? How has this definition changed from pre-Net era?
  7. Similarities/differences between learning to play music and learning to code?

I’m in the midst of answering some other questions, but maybe these might inspire someone to take up the mantle of curiosity and create the next Malcolm Gladwell best-seller. Don’t let me beat you to it.