I'm not an "old" developer (although I'm not young either), but I used to work with one for a couple of years, at the very beginning of my developer career. He actually hired me without any development experience as a professional, nor education!
He made his small fortune back in the '80s as with contracts with the military, then moved on always on leading roles. He always liked his job so he never stopped developing. His development skills on AS/400 machines were required more than his accounting or management expertise.
A good person all around, except for the fact that he made me work on something I wasn't supposed to work on (one of his personal contractors), and that led to both of us being fired 🤦
Later we've been both hired by the same contractor, so it was all good I guess?
He was later struck by some illness and had to retire. I still send him birthday wishes.
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