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Freedom: For Better and For Worse

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Today developers enjoy a freedom to create that is without precedent. They are faced with an embarrassment of riches in tool choices, and even ten person teams can run services with a billion users. All of this freedom is not without cost, however, and developers need to think critically about their choices and which choices are important to them. In this talk, we’ll explore this seeming paradox and strategies for how developers are responding to the challenges and opportunities in front of them.

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Freedom: For Better and For Worse

  1. 1. 10.20.2005 Freedom: For Better and For Worse June 2017
  2. 2. 2 The year is 1998
  3. 3. 3
  4. 4. 7 It was a simpler time
  5. 5. 8 Which Platform?
  6. 6. 9 Which Database?
  7. 7. 10 The year is 2017
  8. 8. 11 More developers, more choices
  9. 9. Cambrian Explosion
  10. 10. 13 It’s Not Which Platform, But What Kind?
  11. 11. 14 It’s Not Which Database, But How Many Types?
  12. 12. 15 And Then There’s the Velocity
  13. 13. 16 1997: Java Middleware 2007: Hosted PaaS 2011: Open Source PaaS 2013: Containers 2014: Serverless
  14. 14. 17 Ten Years Six Years Two Years One Year
  15. 15. 191 9
  16. 16. 20 It’s an Age of Choice
  17. 17. 22 The Problem? Choice Isn’t Free
  18. 18. 232 3
  19. 19. 242 4 Which JS Framework?
  20. 20. 252 5 There is a real cost to this continuous widening of the base of knowledge a developer has to have to remain relevant. Tim Bray
  21. 21. 262 6 I feel the same way, and it’s one of the reasons I’ve lost almost all interest in being a web developer. Marco Arment
  22. 22. 272 7 “Ok, fine. Choice is a mixed bag. But what do I do?”
  23. 23. Think
  24. 24. About the Job to be Done
  25. 25. About the Choices
  26. 26. About the Value
  27. 27. 32 @sogrady redmonk.com/sogrady

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