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Doghouse – Updating Technical Skills

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As operating systems and computer languages evolve, programmers need to keep learning new skills.

I belong to several social media sites that are frequented by older programmers and engineers. We exchange memories and technical tidbits from the past. Many of these people are retired, but some are not.

Recently, one person mentioned that people do not listen to him anymore, particularly when he is telling a story about something that happened to him years ago in the tech field. Many others chimed in and said the same thing happened to them. Some stated that they had stopped talking about technical items altogether.

Over time, it became clear that often these people were either talking to non-technical people and the technical conversation went way over their heads, or the person was talking about technical detail from many years ago that was just not relevant to their audience.

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