I'm an Imposter(davidwalsh.name)

over 6 years ago from Patrick Altair, Designer

  • Joe Blau, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    I had a similar feeling when I first moved to San Francisco from Washington D.C. I literally felt like I was 5 years behind the curve of what was going on in technology. Every startup idea I told someone was met with people showing me already built products and services that did exactly what I thought was a "totally new" idea. Every startup I was applying for was using languages, databases, and frameworks that I'd never used before and everything was extremely overwhelming. I spent my first 18 months out here learning everything I could to catch up. After 18 months of catching up, I jumped off of web development into mobile application development where the landscape doesn't have new frameworks created every day and two companies control nearly 100% of the development platform and distribution. Since then; I've regained my sanity, I'm having more fun developing, and I'm not chasing the framework/database/language du jour.

    11 points
    • Evan RileyEvan Riley, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      I took a similar path, web development made me feel terrible, it felt like everyone was just so much smarter then me, and it was never fun always feeling like you were playing catch up. Mobile development pretty much fixed that for me. I came in and enjoyed right away. There weren't moments where I was overwhelmed with the options of pre-processors and frameworks, and that felt great. Now when someone ask how to get into coding I usually recommend them mobile development depending on what type of phone they have, whereas before I would recommend building a website. Almost every tutorial is telling someone to installing Node/npm, downloading grunt/gulp, bower, getting SASS setup, choosing between angular/ember/react. Its honestly too much for beginners. Although its definitely made made me respect those who do web dev more, Every now and then I try and go and view how the webdev scene is looking and I always come out with more questions.

      2 points
      • Joe Blau, over 6 years ago

        Yeah. I'm an iOS dev, but I'm by no means partial to iOS. I develop for iOS primarily because of what my goals for the apps I'm trying to make are. I always try to find out what type of projects people want to make because Android is way better for certain types of applications that aren't even allowed to be released iOS via the AppStore.

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