Sunday, April 24, 2011

My Career Shift - I

Ok, this post, or maybe more, is not about coding or applications but more about technology /knowledge and where can I go next in my life. Just thinking loudly.

After graduation, less than a year ago, I decided to try new technologies until I get a job. But the job came fast enough, thank God, to get me into real life of software. I developed Qt applications and thought that Qt is coming to the top as a crossplatform framework (Windows / Linux / MacOS / Symbian / MeeGo), but suddenly Nokia dropped Symbian & MeeGo from its future main mobile phones, and maybe used in Linux tablets. Now Qt seems to be a promising framework but outside mobile applications. And since the current big bubble is the mobile applications bubble, I lost a big opportunity that could come from this framework.

I forgot the plans of learning other technologies and now I have to pay more time and effort to compensate the lost months of nothing but Qt.

What are my options?

The best career is the one that I like and can give me a good life. So I can search for the intersection points between what I like and what technologies or career paths the market needs/provides.

This is a shortened list of what came in my mind till now. I just listened to my mind and judged:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Game Development
  • Android
  • Tablets
  • Scripting (Python/Ruby)
  • Linux Systems Engineering
  • Software Product Management

… These are the loudest sounds in my head, so what is better for my career shift?

Artificial Intelligence:
This is my biggest dream of all. Applications that evolve and change with their users, where every user has a different experience for the same application. I started to revise the basics of AI a couple of months ago, but stopped in the rush of life. So it is the field with the top priority right now.

Game Development:
This is a nice and amusing way to practice everything related to software development. I consider it the ultimate software product, where catchy ideas, AI, UX, performance meet. Also games have a great effect on the ideas and thoughts of a society, so it can be a powerful tool to spread certain ideas.

Tablets & Android:
As I said before, news is popping everyday about the increase of mobile & tablet applications. Browsing, reading, playing, chatting …etc. And what is more growing and popular than the Android OS and iOS? Mobiles and tablets are growing in specifications that the difference between them is decreasing to be a matter of physical size. And by looking at the application stores, the good application will somehow find its way with support of cheap marketing like the social networks. The Android OS seems a better choice as is it not adopting the concept of Apple -which I hate- about creating their own closed kingdom and all developers are peasants who follow all the instructions to get their applications accepted.

Scripting (Python/Ruby):
I’ve started to learn Python about a year ago, but not enough to call myself a good python programmer. Although it saved my day twice –as I can remember- and still doing, I didn’t give it a chance to get deeper in my life. The good and stylish opponent is Ruby. I found that it is a good choice with great power, especially when combined with Rails, and now it seems to be going for mobile apps too. After some search I decided that Python would still be a good choice with big number of APIs and communities, and don’t forget the Google support for Python.

Linux Systems Engineering:
Ok, this is really looks weird between all other topics. I’ve heard of it a few weeks ago, but it is neither suitable for me nor my very small experience. Let’s skip this and maybe think of it in the next phase of my life.

Software Product Management:
And this is another new topic I’ve heard about and found important and interesting. This is not coding but who said that software products are only about coding?

.. So, these were the thoughts inside my mind. Now I have to decide a plan for the next few months of my life.

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