I was just curious whether if you study web development now (and aim to master the core/essentials of HTML, CSS, JS, PHP, and MYSQL, namely) and create websites with those technologies combined, how much will you have to change re the code structure and design, in about a decade's time?
In other words, with programming being something that changes ever so often, I would like to invest my time in something that I am passionate about as well as something that won't be a great loss if I leave it off for some time.
For example, if you were to master the core principals of any one of those techs I mentioned up there within the next few months/years, what would it take to pick it up again if you left it off for some years and found that the language has changed plenty?
My father was once a PHP & MySQL expert around 14 years ago, and coming back to it now he finds the changes absolutely frustrating.
For example, an architect builds some home modern for days today, but after 10 years new ideas, new concepts appear. So, it occurs in all areas of jobs, software development is very frequency, but it doesn't the thing for demotivating and be frustrated, the changes are important, nowadays is very nice and motivated to write an app with React instead only HTML, CSS, JS.
Keep study is the best way! Don't give up!
I've been doing web stuff for about ~15 years, and I was in college for graphic design from 2006-2009, so that was exactly 10 years ago!
As for the web technology we were taught:
- Flash: non-viable by 2010, totally dead now
- HTML/CSS: very viable, have become easier to use since then
- WordPress: very viable, has now grown to power 1/3 of all websites on the internet
I've been building websites during this whole time, and consider myself luck with WordPress getting better over time, but some things, like Flash, which were huge weren't built well, and didn't survive.
It's also nice that PHP is still king :D Thought your dad might be frustrated, it is also nice that he can keep building on top of knowledge he already has!
Well just one side-note about the ever changing technologies ... most of the now modern concepts are around 30+ years old. actor principles, futures / promises, functional programming is even older.
So I read the current academic papers plus some archives :) and switching a lot of languages over time (~ 1 per year) so I am not stuck with 1 set of problem solutions. It makes a lot of things easier if you at least heard them once.
The core problem will always remain the same information persistence, information transfer, information transformation/mutation.
but N != NP seems to stick at the moment and we have millions of solutions for the same problem.
I can't speak for others but tech is only changing on surface. Inside the thing remains same: collect data, manipulate it and display it. This has never changed and till the point of AI taking over, it won't change.
The code you have written in 1997 is only needed to be changed if that code has any server side language changes. That's why many pages made in geocities are still accessible and they render just fine.
Let's move on to complexity. Remember VB based desktop applications? Those applications are now moved to C# Dot net core and QT. How much code per year needs to be changed? That depends on the Operating system in target like say Linux, Windows and Mac.