Valerie Skinner

Blog Authors:  Valerie Skinner   is part of the IBM developerWorks team, getting to know the real developers who make up the My developerWorks community and exploring the world of social networking. I'm enjoying learning what makes developers tick! I'm very interested in exploring online communities and social media and understanding real world application - how they can help people solve problems and work together.

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1 CJS commented Permalink

Interesting title indeed, glad you asked about it :) Look forward to reading more of your blogs !

2 v_dulcimer commented Permalink

I find Alan's answer to the question "How do you keep your technical skills sharp and growing?" intriguing...particularly that tools don't necessarily give an accurate description of what one does (...a mechanic saying "I'm a socket wrench." isn't a good description of what that mechanic can do). <div>&nbsp;</div> For most jobs, you must continually learn new technology, methods, and ideas. The best skills to have seem to be that 'dose of curiosity' that Alan mentions and a willingness to explore what you don't know (both new and old).

3 Anachronistic commented Permalink

@CJS - Thank you! I look forward to writing them. The IBM community has thus far been very amazing to be a part of. I arrive as a Microsoftie, and you're all doing very well at swaying me. <div>&nbsp;</div> @v_dulcimer - Definitely! I find that a person of lesser skill with a real drive to learn and excel is far better than a lazy expert with no intention of growth. Knowing what's out there, even if you don't plan to use it, is extremely valuable. You never know when Rails will do a better job than PHP, or when C++ will eek out that extra speed instead of C#.

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