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A culture crash may have contributed to that so many are leaving. According to the Opera CEO, iOS and Android are the future for Opera now[0].

One could argue that Opera now are in more need of 25 years old iOS developers, that 40+ C++ specialists.

0: http://translate.google.no/translate?sl=no&tl=en&js=...




    > One could argue that Opera now are in
    > more need of 25 years old iOS developers,
    > that 40+ C++ specialists.
One could, but would one not be assuming that their 20+ years of experience wouldn't more than make up for whatever platform-specific skills they'd need to train on which could surely be picked up in less than a year?


Assuming they want to use their skills that way.


Indeed. At least from the article it sounds like everybody was given the option to move to other projects, mainly client side mobile and desktop development, but a significant portion of the engineers turned down the offer.


It would make up, but it would also come with a hefty price tag.


One could argue that Opera now are in more need of 25 years old iOS developers, that 40+ C++ specialists.

To do what, make more Angry Birds clones?

Engineers that spent 15 years working on every possible mobile device aren't suddenly magically unable to start working on a new one.


Engineers that spent many years working on challenging problems in highly performance-critical areas of the core engine might not be all that interested in doing UI design on iOS.


I guess this depends on whether there will be more to Opera than a Chrome skin. Sigh.


Webkit ≠ Chrome. I think it's important that web developers do all they can to stop that idea becoming widespread, before people think all other browsers are just a knocked off version of Chrome.


Opera is basing its new browser on Chromium specifically, not just WebKit.


...which is why I used the term "it depends". If they knock off Chrome, they don't need back-end C++ programmers. If they don't, they'll need them where they want to technically innovate.

But apparently, it really will be a Chrome knockoff now.


This comes across as incredibly ageist. Why do the iOS developers have to be 25?




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