Why Windows and IIS Developers Need To Try PHP, Ruby, Python, Pure Javascript, Or Something Else

by Jon Davis 5. January 2009 05:04

I've argued frequently here before that rather than being a master of one thing, it's better to be knowledgeable of many things, expert in a few. This is not the same as being a jack-of-all-trades because one would suck at all those things, but if you're better at some things, rather than a master of one thing, you might actually be better than the master of the one thing, because your experience is diversified.

Perfect analogy...


"[Trying other things makes your specialty] taste better because now you know what makes it special ... and your appeciation of [your specialty] gives you a better understanding of all the other [alternative technologies]."

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of jondavis.net have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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