Wednesday, December 16, 2009

What is Your Quest?

I was working on a project that involved assessments and evaluations. During the the design phase, it occurred to me that the root of the word question is quest. In mythology and literature, a quest represents the journey towards a goal, or the act of seeking or pursuing something. Therefore, a question is the quest for knowledge and understanding.

As developers, our quest is a perpetual one. This is in part because our environment is in constant flux. The tools available to us are evolving and improving. New techniques, philosophies, and ideas are being debated and incorporated into the collective. Advances in technology have an enormous affect on our profession. In this changing landscape, it is our responsibility to be diligent in the pursuit of knowledge so that we may be participants in the vortex and not passive bystanders surveilling from a distance.

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