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Philip John Basile
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The Evolving Journey of a Lifelong Coder: What's Next?

In every career, there comes a time when we pause and reflect on our journey. We take a moment to contemplate our accomplishments, our experiences, and most importantly, what lies ahead. Today, as I prepare to wrap up my current contract, I find myself in this introspective state. With 23 years of professional experience and 38 years deeply intertwined with the tech industry, I've observed and actively participated in the ceaseless transformation that characterizes this dynamic field. From Apple BASIC to Flash and, most recently, to React and Vue, my career has been a rich and diverse tapestry of experiences.

Diving into the time capsule, we land in the era of Apple BASIC, the starting point of my journey. In the late 70s and 80s, Apple BASIC, or Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, was the bedrock for many burgeoning developers. As a high-level programming language, it was designed to be user-friendly, opening the doors to programming for many amateurs like me. The simplicity and accessibility of Apple BASIC were revolutionary at the time, and it served as my stepping stone into the complex world of coding.

As the landscape of technology shifted, so did my career. The 2000s saw a boom in the adoption of Flash. For two years, I exclusively worked with this platform, developing interactive web content that was then the cutting edge of online engagement. Flash was a playground of creativity and innovation, enabling multimedia content like games, animations, and rich internet applications. However, the decline of Flash was as rapid as its rise due to numerous issues, including security vulnerabilities and the advent of HTML5.

In the most recent chapters of my career, I've immersed myself in React and Vue. These JavaScript libraries and frameworks have emerged as the industry standard for building user interfaces. React, developed by Facebook, and Vue, a progressive framework, offer an efficient, scalable solution for crafting modern web applications. Their popularity is a testament to their robustness and adaptability; working with them has been an invigorating experience.

Looking back, it's incredible how technology has transformed over the years and how these changes have punctuated my career. From Apple BASIC's simplicity to Flash's multimedia potential to the dynamic and scalable world of React and Vue, each stage of my journey has been an opportunity to grow and learn.

As I stand at this crossroads, contemplating the "What's next?" of my career, I can't help but feel a rush of excitement. With its relentless pace of innovation, the tech industry is full of surprises and possibilities. Will I dive deeper into the evolving world of JavaScript frameworks or explore the burgeoning AI and machine learning fields? The beauty of this industry is that it's constantly changing, always offering new challenges and opportunities.

In this rapidly changing world, one thing remains constant: the joy of coding, the thrill of problem-solving, and the satisfaction of creating something valuable from a string of commands. As I embark on the next stage of my journey, I'm eager to see where the tides of technology will take me next. I invite you all to join me on this journey as we delve into the future of tech, one line of code at a time.

Looking ahead, my love for front-end development remains unwavering. The art of crafting intuitive, engaging user experiences with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and, increasingly, TypeScript is a passion that continues to fuel my drive. However, I'm also inspired by the prospect of integrating new technologies into my repertoire. Recently, two languages have particularly caught my attention - Rust and GoLang.

Rust, a language designed for performance and safety, exceptionally safe concurrency, intrigues me. It's like the stalwart bodyguard of system programming, protecting against segfaults and guaranteeing thread safety. Rust's minimal runtime makes it ideal for embedding into other languages, opening up a world of potential to create high-performance plugins for the JavaScript engines.
On the other hand, GoLang, developed by Google, is gaining traction for its simplicity and efficiency. It's designed for the era of multicore processors and networked systems, making it ideal for back-end development. The robust standard library, efficient garbage collection, and simplicity of Go make it a strong contender for creating APIs, web servers, and even tying together microservices.

So, how can we tie these technologies with my deep-rooted love for front-end work? Well, there's a fascinating symbiosis that can occur here. For instance, Rust and WebAssembly (Wasm) can work together to boost the performance of high-intensity web applications. Rust compiles to Wasm, a binary instruction format for a stack-based virtual machine, enabling you to write high-performance code for web applications. This can be particularly useful for performance-critical scenarios, such as gaming, animation, or even data visualization, bringing together my love for the front end and the robustness of Rust.

Incorporating GoLang in a full-stack JavaScript environment can also prove advantageous. Using Go for writing the back end, where its performance and simplicity shine, while sticking to React or Vue on the front end can lead to a highly efficient, scalable application architecture. Moreover, with TypeScript's static typing providing a safety net, we can bridge the gap between JavaScript's flexibility and Go's strict typing system.

This fusion of technologies, as disparate as they may seem, could mark the beginning of a new chapter in my tech journey. The beauty of our field is that it encourages such exploration, the melding of different tools and languages to create something new and exciting.

In essence, the journey of a software developer is an endless adventure of unending learning and constant metamorphosis. Among the ever-evolving landscape, a few things stand unchanging: the sheer pleasure of writing code, the exhilaration of unraveling complex problems, and the fulfillment that comes from transforming mere lines of syntax into a valuable, functioning entity. As I stand on the precipice of my next professional chapter, I am eager to delve deeper into Rust and GoLang, believing they promise to enhance my front-end capabilities, forging even more dynamic, efficient, and captivating user experiences. Technology is a boundless sea, and I'm merely embarking on this new voyage. The future holds unknown yet exciting revelations. So, here's to a future where the adaptability of JavaScript intertwines with the speed of Rust and the simplicity of GoLang. I invite you to accompany me as we navigate the future of technology, one line of code at a time.

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Wynand Pieters • Edited

In this rapidly changing world, one thing remains constant: the joy of coding, the thrill of problem-solving, and the satisfaction of creating something valuable from a string of commands.

I love this. And I wish more developers I interacted with felt this way. I find way to many people interested in the industry purely because so many free tutorials promise a well paying career for anyone and everyone.

I firmly believe that the best developers are the ones that do it for the reasons above and don't get bogged down by the language/framework/tech stack wars. Use the right tool for the right job, and focus on the above elements instead.