Being A Microsoft Developer - Getting Harder Every Year

Intergenite Andrew Tokeley recently blogged about how a Microsoft developer has to know so much more to be considered a senior dev (or even intermediate!) compared to just 5 years ago.

This graph of the number .NET types in the framework made by Brad Abrams illustrates the point pretty well:

Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that.

I started .NET development in 2003 with .NET 1.1. Fast forward to 2008 and the number of types in the .NET framework has tripled!

Remembering how overwhelmed I felt when I first approached .NET back in 2003, I can't imagine how a junior developer today must feel.