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Comment: Re:Great expectations (Score 2, Insightful) 592 592

by asplake (#28618721) Attached to: Tech Or Management Beyond Age 39?
I really must disagree. The age profile in IT is changing, we have to expect to be working a lot longer than our parents did, and inevitably this means more career opportunity for those who choose to stay in the industry

As to my own experience, I made the leap (for the second time - the first time was a mistake) in my late 30s and never looked back. And being (say) a development manager can be a very rewarding job: teams of any size do take some organising (do it right and they'll even thank you for it!), people need support in their career development, and it takes someone who cares about technology to make the decisions to invest in things like testing, to sell the big refactorings and so on.

To put my age in context, I had always been a developer, but by then I was in my third industry (aerospace, tools, finance). Now at 44 I'm leaving behind a big budget team in a big enterprise to become an IT Director in a small but growing company. Smaller budget but bigger scope, and the chance for the first time to have peers and a manager that aren't in IT, which makes for a very different challenge indeed. To someone who is always learning, dispensability is something to pursue!

Comment: Re:Can they not use... (Score 1) 379 379

by asplake (#27368263) Attached to: Are Long URLs Wasting Bandwidth?
He may also have been referring to the practice of "tunelling through POST" requests that would be much more appropriately done as GET (SOAP for example makes this too easy), thereby negating caches and the like. I have done the opposite, moving addressing parameters from payloads to URLs. If your payload is (for example) XML, this is much more space efficient and you get informative URLs as a nice byproduct.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."