The next shiny thing

Warning : This post is more of self-criticism.

I have been a technical guy for a good part of my professional career, which is a good thing I think. I come across certain technologies at my work, I use them to solve problems. I also try to look out the window for more technologies that might help me get better at my work. This might involve a completely new technology (outside of the .NET world that I more accustomed to). Although I do get carried away sometimes with the next big thing. So I am working on WinForms Infragistics and creating some UI applications, next I realize there is HTML5, everything else is so not cool. So I have all kinds of HTML5 resources around me and I am excited. Then the REST web api catches my eye. Ah sweet, I need to get on that! And now I am scratching my head for how to solve problems using web api.

I think technology will come and go like it did until now. It is upon us to not get carried away by all kinds of things come up here and there. Sure, read about it, try to work out any useful things out of it, but be aware of the shiny trap. You should not end up being to know a 100 things and not 1 of them has been practically applied anywhere. This is a kind of addiction for sure, but stay focused by writing such posts every now and then Winking smile.


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