We have a dog, and we have lots of rabbits nearby. Whenever I take the dog for a walk it always chases the rabbits. They scatter, the dog chases one for a while, then veers off and chases another. And never catches any. Thus proving the ancient proverb that ‘the hunter who chases two rabbits catches neither’.
Sometimes I feel a bit like that with technology. I’m currently juggling that many independent languages and products that I’m not sure I’m going to catch any.
The source of much of my frustration I would say is Microsofts lack of effective action with VBA. It hasn’t been updated for years, leading one to suspect its past its peak. And yet no realistic alternative is anywhere to be seen, leading me to wonder where on earth I should be investing my efforts.
And I don’t just mean within Microsoft technologies. If they don’t sort out a viable VBA replacement (soon), that has all the things that are good about VBA plus some even better stuff, then I can foresee some opportunities in Excel alternatives.
I read a great article recently saying there are no .net experts in the world. Its not possible, the technology is moving that fast no-one can realistically keep up. Maybe we’re all chasing too many rabbits?
Or maybe its just more of what Joel calls fire and motion?
Are you finding the same thing? too many possible choices? uncertain about future technologies directions?