Surviving The Technical Cambrian Explosion

I’ve been doing a lot of recruiting lately. My employers HappyFunCorp are in the midst of another growth spurt. One of my most illuminating questions is: “What’s your strategy for keeping up-to-date with the Cambrian explosion of technical frameworks, languages, databases, templating systems, and so forth?” Everyone has a strategy — but nobody seems to feel that theirs is particularly good.On the one hand, it’s an amazing, exciting time to be a software engineer. New and powerful tools and techniques seem to emerge every week, nearly always almost ready for prime time. But at the same time, ours has become a perpetually bewildering field. Say you’re building a web site. Should you use Angular or React for your front end? (And when you say Angular, do you mean Angular 1.0…


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