Mike Rankin has a great blog post talking about (I think) some of the places I have worked :)
I completely agree and have even from time to time become the peron he is talking about. As much as I hate to admit it! I’ve been worrking on my side of that problem as much as I possibly can. Not enough yet to make me not feel like a loser, but still more than many people I know. Less than many more.
All in all I think Mike is 100% spot on. Especially when it comes to managers and CxOs. I’ve been at several places where the expansion of knowledge and the trying of new things was not just not supported but was frowned on. Development teams were kept small under the "we’re doing just fine with the people we have, we don’t need more" mentality.
As a former CFUG manager, I can attest to how many developers don’t care to get involved in the community. As a developer I know I haven’t attended my local CFUG. I suck I know!! I do honestly plan to attend, really I do. I know the people who run it so it’s not like I don’t know anyone there.
I hope more peopel read this post or Mikes, or (purty please) both. CF Developers need to not turn into grey cube zombies just pushing out the same old code. In the end that doesn’t help your career or your company, because (you can bet on this) another company has the inspired and curious developers, and they’re learning something new right now that will completely displace your zombie boring code. Mark my words.