Rob Schley

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The Cobbler's Children
Mar 28, 2018
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The trope of the Cobbler’s children having no shoes seems appropriate here. I’ve been a professional software developer for 12 years and I’ve never had a personal website… until now.

It is also interesting how little personal code I have on GitHub and other repositories. The sad truth is that most of the software I’ve built since Joomla has been entirely proprietary. And, even worse, many of the apps and sites I’ve worked on, no longer exist. That is true of the things I’ve built at large companies like eBay and also for startups.

It is deflating to realize that the things you’ve spent months or years of your life building have died or are dying and there is nothing you can do about it. Over the last few years I’ve come to understand that most software has a relatively short life. In the end, it all gets shutdown or replaced by something else.

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