Researchers from N.C. State University explored the notion that older programmers can't keep up with technology.
What they found is that older programmers know as much or more than their less experienced peers.
Researchers reviewed profiles of more than 80,000 software developers at online community StackOverflow where users can rank one another based on the value of their questions and answers. They found that reputation increases with age. Researchers also discovered that older subjects demonstrated a wider breadth of programming interests, and veteran developers hold an edge in mobile operating systems.
Dr. Emerson Murphy-Hill, an assistant professor of computer science at N.C. State and co-author of "Is Programming Knowledge Related To Age?" sums it up, "The data doesn’t support the bias against older programmers – if anything, just the opposite."