Join LinkedIn Learning Developer Instructor for an in-depth discussion in this video Emmanuel Henri, part of Career Clinic: Developer Insights.
- I'm a developer by trade. I actually grew up watching Tron, watching all those great movies from the 80s where they were doing magical things with a computer, and most of it doesn't make sense when you take a look at it today, but that's what got me into programming, because it made me think that I could do anything with code. So, I begged my father to buy myself a TRS-80 back then and grab a brick full of code and spent my weekends programming on the TRS-80.
So this is how I started doing, basically, programming and started doing magic, like I thought I was doing back then. And to this day, every single time I finish project I remember that moment where I finished something and it's working and the pixel is moving from one side to the other, it's not just stuck there, and it took a brick and it took a lot of passion and three or four days. And today, well, after spending years, still programming on my own, started working for other big companies like HP and Dell, and at first I was managing people, so I kind of got away from doing the programming itself, or coding on a day-to-day basis, and I kind of missed that.
At one point I was, the industry was in shambles, there were a lot of layoffs, that was back in early 2000s, and I got to a point where I said, I want to go back to programming, so the passion was there. It's what I love doing on a daily basis. So I said to myself, well, let's go out on our own, and that's where I use the name Manny, and I created my company Manny Designs, and I've never looked back. You know, today I program as much as I can, I still manage a company at the end of the day, I still have to manage a business and the people that work for it, but I still retain the right and the passion of developing on a daily basis on applications, on things that I'm really passionate about.
So I think for developers that are starting, or if their questioning if they are going to be a good developer or if they are going to be someone that's going to last a long time in our industry, that's the first question they should ask themself. Am I passionate about the technologies? About learning technologies? About growing with the technologies? Because, unfortunately, in our world, in our industry, one day the technology is this one, and than a week after, and I think you see this with all the authors that are coming here, the very next day, the technology has changed, and sometimes it's not even the same technologies.
So I think what is the constant for all developers throughout the years, decades, of doing this, is the passion, so passion to learn, passion to grow with the technologies.