Pulling Apart

I’ve had these two books floating around my house for the better part of six months now. I’m not exactly proud of it, but it is a fact of life. I have always had an issue of focusing on a single project at a time and putting other things away.

So here the books sit, two different from my own head made into concrete (and somewhat heavy) objects. I’m exaggerating, obviously, but sometimes I will sit and stare at the two books for minutes at a time and not open either, afraid to make a poor decision about my future and “waste” time on something I should not.

That’s how I’m feeling right now, pulled apart in a sense. The IT Ops person in me really wants to dig into systems programming and automation while the iOS and Apple user in me wants to dig into iOS development and Swift. Is there a decision that I really need to make here or can I have it big ways?

The pull, however, is still there. In a day and age where it feels like we are told to specialize more and more, the idea of instead working to be as much of a development “generalist” as possible seems to be passé.

However, I still feel that mobile is the future and that mobile has two different sides. There is the big iron of large servers on the backend and the mobile front ends which are lighter and allow people to use all if that power to get things done. It is an interesting dance between large and small, nimble and lumbering … kind of cool.

Maybe there is a way to do both?

2 thoughts on “Pulling Apart”

  1. FWIW: i feel the same way about iOS (my book has been Big Nerd Ranch) and it’s DSL learning is huge… vs i kinda know a bunch about server ‘stuff’ and why not put all eggs in that basket since I’m already neck deep in it anyways.

    Good post, you aren’t alone.

  2. Exactly, really. My position right now is mainly system admin and network admin stuff. While I love my Apple devices, I’m not sure if I can justify the time needed to really learn it well.

    In the same breath, now there is talk of maybe developing some simple iOS apps on campus … WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON AROUND HERE!?

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