That article by Prof Matloff was scary. I will be forty this year, and though I have almost two years of java programming under my belt, I worry about competing with younger people. Right now, we are in merger mayhem, and I am facing a choice of trying to solidify my programming skills with more coding (probably with a pay cut), or move it up towards management. There's more involved, of course, but I have to clarify my goals. Any advice?? Should I be scared of age discrimination as a programmer?
Annie, Here's yet another article, http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/comment/0,5859,2714163,00.html . This one is an anecdotal commentary on both sides of ageism. I thought it was fairly interesting, and in fact reading through the reader comments lead me to Prof. Matloff's paper. My own personal experience. I develope in Java and work for a company that does contracting work in the DC/Baltimore corridor. I haven't noticed many'in the trenches' programmers at either my company or at the customer site who are older than their forties, and definitely none who program primarily in Java. I'm not sure that this means anything, and I am certain that my employer does not practice ageism, but it is an interesting observation. I'm in my early thirties, which seems to be about the average age for the Java developers I've come across. [This message has been edited by Jason Menard (edited May 04, 2001).]