In this Hasty Treat, Scott and Wes talk about cranky developers — those devs who never seem happy about anything, always mad about tech choices, and constantly writing off any new tech as simply a "fad" or unnecessary.
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2:20 - How to deal with cranky devs
- Many experienced developers prefer older, stable technology for a reason. They have been through it before.
7:14 - Questions to ask when considering new tech:
- Is it better for the product?
- Is it better for the users?
- Is it better for the business?
- Is it better for the developer?
16:39 - How to convince them:
- Proof of concept - show them it's better.
18:28 - Things to acknowledge:
- There are risks in changing technologies.
- There are costs - training, tooling, hosting.
21:20 - Some people are not interested in improving themselves
- They got the job they want and are short sighted about the future.
- You can appeal to management about making progressive choices.
- If management isn't interested, you should look for a new job.
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