Funny enough, I get this questions from time to time from my girls. And I spend some time to ask my parents about it and the result was surprisingly simple: I wanted to be a pilot. When I’ve been around the age of 12, we did a one-day trip to FRA (Frankfurt Airport, Germany) and I can still remember all those big 747 airplanes.
Just two years later, I learned about the first computers and drove my parents crazy to buy me a Schneider-CPC 464. Which could run Basic 1.0 programs and had CP/M 2.0 as assembly language. I quickly went from there to Pascal and Perl and web based programming. Also touched Cold Fusion Markup Language and finally ended in Java SE/EE stacks.
This is a good question. Many people don’t actually ask it frequently and just pick one or two a year as “incentive”. At least this was true for many employers I talked to. To me conferences are an important part of self-education. When you’re heads down in work all year, you need to get some time off and work your way through latest developments. This is essential to be able to innovate and fight technical dept in your day jobs.
Voxxed is a great initiative to explore the conference circus further. Many of the Voxxed-Days are held in locations where nobody ever tried to place a conference. And this brings speakers and audience even closer together, because not everybody has a chance to travel to far away conferences. The Voxxed Website is a great resource for high class curated content from all over the industry. I am very happy to know the team behind it and also contribute regularly as an author: https://www.voxxed.com/blog/author/markus_eisele/
I’m not sure. Technology typically can’t surprise me at all anymore 😉 I think, the most remarkable moment which left me wondering, was when I got my first car a couple of years back. I was aware, that there is a decent amount of electronic in it but I never expected the following: After some engine hick-ups, I decided to bring it back to the garage and let them work it out. And the first thing they did, was to plug a portable pc to it and did a diagnose run. After a couple of minutes the engineer came back to me, handed me the keys and said: It’s all ok now. We just needed to update your software.
Imagine, that back in the days this truly scared me 😉