Being A Developer After 40

Speak out your salary, say it loud, blog about it, so that your peers know how much their work is worth. Companies want you to shut up about that, so that women are paid 70% of what men are paid. So speak up! Blog about it! Tweet it! I am making 135 KCHF per year. That was my current salary. How about you? And you? The more we speak out, the less inequality there will be.

There are several more anecdotes in this long article. Another great and universal advice is learn a new programming language every year and read at least six books per year.

Adrian Kosmaczewski writes in Being A Developer After 40.

So, how did you get here?

My path to Google wasn’t a typical one. I don’t have a degree, I wasn’t involved in the invention of the internet, I didn’t pioneer the use of MapReduce, and — confession time — I have no idea how TensorFlow works (but I’m pretty sure there’s some sort of sorcery involved).

While reading his story I can’t stop to think about my own journey. I have started on the path. I am nowhere thought but I hope to trek the same path. I always wonder how people from completely different backgrounds make it to places like Hiroshi did. How my journey would be different if I had a conducive environment which promoted stress and goal free learning and mentor who had a 10,000 view over me to scold me when I am wasting time and appreciate when I am working in the right direction. Wherever I am it is because of the guide free learning. But where I want to be requires eagle like focus. An eagle who hasn’t eaten in several days.

Hiroshi Lockheimer write in “So, how did you get here?”.

22 April 2016

After spending two days at a family wedding and another two days for some work at Bhopal I am back to working on Popular Movies part 2. I am not happy with my progress but I hope to finish it in this month.

I was able to implement ViewPager and also adding title to the main activity with movie posters as you can see below.


I am spending a lot of time on Clash of Clan and Dev’s and Hacker’s Slack channel. Something I have to cut out. I have to especially get rid of Clash of Clan as that game has no more juice or intelligent play left in it.

9 Learnings from 9 Years of Brain Pickings

We live in a culture where one of the greatest social disgraces is not having an opinion, so we often form our “opinions” based on superficial impressions or the borrowed ideas of others, without investing the time and thought that cultivating true conviction necessitates. We then go around asserting these donned opinions and clinging to them as anchors to our own reality.

Maria Popova writes in 9 Learnings from 9 Years of Brain Pickings.