Programmers: Wiser With Age

Study shows that veteran programmers keep up with technology

7 October 2013

When it comes to writing software for new smartphones and Windows upgrades, seasoned programmers are not being left behind; they know as much as, if not more than, their younger colleagues. In a recent study by North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, researchers looked at profiles of more than 80 000 programmers on an online site that allows users to ask and answer questions about programming, and rate the usefulness of the answers. Those with more “useful” answers earn a higher reputation score. The study found that not only did the reputation score increase with a person’s age, but so did the scope of their programming interests. Seasoned programmers showed significantly more knowledge about new software platforms compared with younger programmers.

What advantages do you believe veteran programmers have when working with the latest platforms and devices?

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