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I am Scott Hanselman. Ask me anything.

Scott is a web developer who has been blogging at for over a decade. He works in Open Source on ASP.NET and the Azure Cloud for Microsoft out of his home office in Portland, Oregon. Scott has three podcasts, The HanselMinutes Podcast for tech talk, This Developer's Life, and Ratchet and The Geek for pop culture and tech media. He's written a number of books and spoken in person to almost a half million developers worldwide.

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Hey Scott, thanks for the AMA!

What was the inspiration behind you writing your upcoming book, Relationship Hacks - Pragmatic Tips and Concrete Tricks for Navigating a Mixed (Geek/Normal) Marriage? 😄

I see a lot of people in "mixed" relationships that think that techies can talk a certain way to regular folks. Those communications challenges are very common so I thought I'd write up how my wife and I move past them.

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Hello Scott,

Do you think higher degrees like MS matter in joining a big tech company?

I'm not sure I'm the right person to ask, as I only have a 4 year degree. I do wish I'd gotten an MBA or a CompSci PhD, That's because I want the knowledge, not because I think it would change my career. I think a 4 year degree is pretty important in the first 5 years of one's career. After that, less so. Masters are always nice, but not necessary.

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How long do you think transpiling to ES5 will take to be regarded as obsolete?

No, I think we'll just shift to compiling to WASM

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Hi Scott,

I am approaching 2 years as a full-stack .Net dev (with Angular 2 and Knockout front-end). What would you spend the next 2 years learning if you were me?

I'd get as deep into JavaScript/ES6 as possible. I think vanilla JS is more important than the frameworks on top of them.

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Hey Scott, Have you some ideas for C# and WebAssembly? you think more languages will compile to wasm in the next future?

I think everyone will compile to WASM in the future. There are already prototypes of C# doing this (Blazor).

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