Change is Good
By Elden Nelson
My dad worked in a total of two companies in his more-than-40-year career. And since he was at the first company for little more than a year, it doesn't really count. During his career as a well-respected entomologist with the CSU Agriculture Extension Service, he affected a lot of peoples' lives for the good - in the USA and as far abroad as Pakistan, Egypt, and India. And during that career, his job description remained the same.
I, on the other hand, have worked in seven different companies in my 15 professional years, and have frequently had wildly varying job responsibilities within those companies, from documentation writer, to book publisher, to Web developer, to magazine editor, and lots of places in between.
I used to think that the huge variance between the way my dad approached his career (steady as she goes) and the way I'm approaching mine (common elements, but different places and positions) had to do with an old-school vs. modern mindset: I changed jobs more often because the world is changing faster.
Lately, though, I've come to the conclusion that it's simpler than that. What I do changes frequently for the same reason I'm in this field in the first place: I love the fast pace and rapid evolution of technology. I love associating with great developers (since I'll never be one myself) and seeing the way your minds work. I love helping share ideas, and helping people find fast, cool, new ways to get work done. And then I like moving on.
Which, you might have figured out, is what I'm doing now. I'd like you to meet Jerry Coffey, the new editor-in-chief of asp.netPRO. He's got great technical chops and a massive amount of development and editing experience. I'm looking forward to seeing what he keeps and what he improves in this magazine. I bet you're going to like what he's got in store for you.
As for me, I'm moving to Redmond, working with Microsoft Learning. I'll be helping put together great books, training, and certification you'll be able to use to take your development career wherever you want it to go.
I've really enjoyed my time with this magazine; I hope you've liked it, too. Thanks for reading!
And right on cue... Hi! My name is Jerry Coffey and I'll be your editor-in-chief for the next leg of this adventure we like to call asp.netPRO magazine. I'll introduce myself a bit more next month, but right now I just want to say...
Thank you Elden for making asp.netPRO the success that it is. I know you're proud of this magazine, and you should be. I'll do my best to keep asp.netPRO a publication that you're pleased to be associated with. Fare well.
Jerry Coffey is editor-in-chief of asp.netPRO and its companion e-newsletter, asp.netNOW. Reach him at mailto:[email protected].