On Technical Intimidation

The software industry can be extremely intimidating. New technologies, libraries, and tools pop up seemingly every day and we’re supposed to keep up with it all. Unless you’re one of those rockstar developers, I’m sure you’ve gone through times where you felt like you were far behind the curve. And it can be downright scary.

The good news, though, is that it’s extremely common. Our industry is hard, and keeping up with everything is simply unrealistic.

I recently came across a lightning talk that Chris Morris, of LivingSocial, gave at RailsConf 2013 on this very topic:

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