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EREBUS0
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EREBUS0   3/19/2014 4:57:22 PM
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AMEN!

I have seen too many people running from version to version and language to language to the point were they are profficient in NOTHING!

I would rather have someone who has taken years to learn one version to perfection than be up on the latest.  I want people who can do things.  One year's experience in one version and then starting over means you only have one year's experience.

You should be paid appropriately.

Be a master at something before you run to the next version.  Not every upgrade is useful.  Espicially if the old version does most of what you need.

 

Just my opinion.

 

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TFCSD   3/19/2014 10:40:42 PM
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Great idea until you run across that hiring manager or tech head hunter who only knows the lastest version number after looking at a sales advertisment. 

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zeeglen   3/20/2014 12:24:57 AM
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@EREBUS0  Not every upgrade is useful.


And can actually be a downgrade when the latest removes attributes of the earlier (and better) version.


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Sheetal.Pandey   3/20/2014 7:24:18 AM
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Yes its very important to hoenstly follow the learning curve without jumping to shortcuts of getting higher version. Every higher version has just few more features added. Its required to make your hands dirty with the lower versions and master it. Many times newly released versions have bugs too and I would say if good and dedicated time is spent on lower versions, it doesnt take much time to master the higher versions too.

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betajet   3/20/2014 9:46:30 AM
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SP said: Many times newly released versions have bugs too...

Yes, and they are different bugs from the current version.  Regression is a very real problem.  In fact, there's a song about it:

  99 little bugs in the code,
  99 bugs in the code...
  Take one out, compile again,
  100 little bugs in the code.

Repeat until bug count goes to zero :-)

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JanineLove   3/20/2014 10:08:02 AM
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Good point @TFCSD. We need to influence the gatekeepers too.

JanineLove
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18th century
JanineLove   3/20/2014 10:14:12 AM
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Hey @Caleb, your post here reminds me of a quote I often shared with my students in the past, from Alexander Pope: "A little learning is a dangerous thing;
drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again." Fundamental human flaw?

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JanineLove   3/20/2014 10:15:11 AM
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Add to this idea,  more learning keeps us humble (the more you know, the more you don't know), and keeps us learning more.

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BeALert   3/20/2014 10:57:22 AM
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On a really good tool you cannot tell the difference when you update. Somewhere there's a new menu option or short cut or way of looking at it.

Basically with a good tool you only notice and learn the new features as and when you need them and you never need to re-learn the old features.

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Bert22306   3/20/2014 5:16:07 PM
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Totally agree, Caleb. Over the years, I've noticed that those who indulge in this "surfing," as you call it, are also those who never seem capable of getting on with their tasks. It becomes an excuse for delaying.

The producers, on the other hand, have an uncanny ability for getting stuff done in spite of this sort of handicap.

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