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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • With more than 10 years experience, if you aren't in management or wanting to be on the management track, you either find jobs advertising for that 'senior' person who is either a glorified systems babysitter or up to their ass in alligators left behind by the last guy who was smart enough to get the hell out while the going was good before the music stops and the chairs are all gone. Even then, when you do get an interesting problem, many places just want the quick fix instead of the nuanced analysis and long-term solution to the problem. Experience makes it both easy and difficult.

    These days, most normal companies can do everything they need with young kids who are a little green but make up for it with enthusiasm and google whereas 10-15 years ago you had to be sharp enough to either figure it out on your own or know where to start looking for clues and make educated guesses. I'm nearly convinced that senior tech staff who aren't management should consult instead of boring themselves to death with the a job as even if you do get bored, the paycheck can make up for it.