If you’re a developer you need to make sure you’re part of the next big thing, said Peter Kellner, founder and coordinator of Silicon Valley Code Camp. Kellner has been running this event for seven years and the one constant he’s seen over all those years has been change.
Developers are trying to figure out what the next big thing is going to be, said Kellner. This year the conversation was around HTML vs. native. Now that Facebook has made the switch to native for its phone app, what does that mean? If you’re an HTML5 and CSS programmer, should you switch to native? What’s the right thing to do?
Education is critical to a developer’s life, not just with programming languages, but all aspects of their business which are heavily represented at Code Camp. Kellner mentioned they had one session with an attorney who talked about patents.
Having been in the coding game a long time and having run Code Camp for seven years, Kellner has noticed that successful developers are willing to change. They’re willing to throw out what they know and learn something else.
“Their skill is not the thing that they know, but their ability to learn the next thing,” said Kellner who admits it’s frustrating when you have to become a newbie in a new language. You get made fun of and people roll your eyes when you ask stupid questions.
If you’re not willing to pay the price to go through that you’ll be stuck working on 15-year old technology, said Kellner. You can still make a living on old technology though, he admitted, assuming you just want billable hours and be the leading expert in a technology that hasn’t been popular in a long time.
That’s not what Kellner wants to do. He loves coding and he’s willing to pay the price to be on the leading edge of the next big thing.