Bryan Sant bryan.sant at
Mon Feb 12 13:47:35 MST 2007

On 2/12/07, Andrew McNabb <amcnabb at> wrote:
> I think I completely disagree with the premise of this thread.  Maybe
> I'm just an idealist, but I think that you should love what you do.  I
> would much rather do something I love than get paid 50% more to do
> something I hate.
> Obviously your job should be able to fulfill your economic needs, but
> that doesn't mean that maximizing your salary should be your only goal.
> I can't honestly echo your statement that, "I'm very focused on the
> skills that will make me the most money now."  Obviously I want to
> invest in skills and stay employable, but that doesn't mean I can't do
> things I like, too.
> Part of me agrees with your statement, "Only the cowards who are
> unwilling to learn something new when it is financially obvious to do so
> will continue to use an unpopular language (such as the COBOL
> programmers of old, or the Java programmers of the distant future)."
> However, part of me wonders if there aren't people out there who really
> love programming in COBOL.  I don't think I'll ever understand these
> people, but there's still work for them to do, even if it isn't
> lucrative.
> I think that we should constantly be learning, and we should be flexible
> enough to make changes when we need to, but I don't think we should base
> all of our decisions on making the most money.
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> Andrew McNabb
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