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You must be new. Cerfification does not imply functional.
It would be easier to teach new programmers the old mainframe environment we used to use than the new Java environment that replaced it. Not that Java is inherently difficult in itself. It's just that the newer system had to reinvent so many wheels that were performed "under the hood" on the mainframe that the application itself became a lot more complex. On the older system, applications programmers could concentrate on the application and not networking, file logging, security, etc.
One of the reasons cited for moving off the old environment was a lack of people with mainframe skills. Mainframe isn't a skill
If you are over 30 and a programmer, your walker will be arriving shortly. Security will be on hand to escort you out.
Thankfully, not all companies are that shortsighted.
My most recent partner in crime (manager, teammate, etc.) just retired in January of this year. He had 20 years of seniority on me, literally, and he was still very very good at what he did.
Don't underestimate the combination of a good mind, good training, and a few solid decades of hard-earned OJT. Sometimes younger programmers are better, and that's good, but having an old fart or three around to mentor (and help by spotting and correcting blatant mistakes) is one of the fastest ways to learn. I had several mentors coming out of college, and i'm thankful for all of them.
Many developers share that view. Many others do not. Is this really the time and place?
"Go" at a stop light or stop sign means "go with caution" anyway, so the behavior of others doesn't matter as long as you drive defensively.
I think most posters here are too young to know what you're talking about.
VirtuaWin is neither buggy nor slow. I've used it for years on XP boxes, and even though I prefer some Linux virtual desktop implementation, this one is at least as good than most of those.
Athletes degrade somewhat more than programmers do by the age of 40.
I juggle C, Perl, PHP, Java, Fortran, assembly, and a few macro languages most Slashdotters have never heard of in my current position, sometimes in the same day. You need it, I'll code it. If it's something new, I'll learn it and stick it in the toolkit with the other few dozen other languages I've learned on the job over the years...
In the programming world I've been a part of for almost 23 years, "programmer" has actually meant designer, developer, unit and system tester, tech writer, system implementer, and application/system support person as well as level 3 help desk and several other roles.
If you think I'd have been happy being a simple code monkey for two decades, you need help.
There are advantages in having one person able to do the work of a half-dozen others, and someone who does it well can get the job done without having to stretch the work week to unreasonable lengths.
It sounds like some folks simply haven't found a (relatively) sane shop in which to hang their hat, or have never really worked with a good experienced programmer.
I will enthusiastically second Lord of Light. One of my all-time favorites!
Would leading zeros be acceptable?
Wasn't support for older or dying platforms supposed to be one of the advantages of open source?
Do Open Source projects really want to put themselves in the position of being the reason people move to the latest version of the popular proprietary platform?
The internet is accessible to all kinds of machines and operating systems. Just because you're using the latest and greatest popular platform doesn't mean everyone else is. I sometimes use XP, Win2K, Win95OSR2, various flavors of Linux, and even old classics like BeOS 5 from time to time. Why should that concern you?
Luddite. Piffle. Good multithreaded GUI software used to run in 1MB of RAM. I would rather be a luddite than dependent in the horsecrap that substitutes for good software these days.
Not very intuitive for GUI-centric users, which would be a sizable percentage of Ubuntu's target audience.