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NewsACTA in Europe: voted down but may still be enforced Pinmemberatbennett28-Jun-12 9:42 
NewsHow Microsoft is gamely trying to woo businesses to Windows 8 Pinmemberatbennett28-Jun-12 4:50 
NewsWhy I still program PinstaffTerrence Dorsey27-Jun-12 16:19 
GeneralRe: Why I still program PinmemberCollin Jasnoch28-Jun-12 4:05 
While reading I was mostly disagreeing. My eyebrow does not raise when I meeet an older "programmer".
But this really drove the point:
Daniel Lemire wrote:
If my arguments are reasonable, and if even Donald Knuth is on my side, why does it still surprise people when I admit to be a programmer-scientist? I believe that the rejection of programming as a lower activity can be explained by the Theory of the leisure class. In effect, we do not seek utility but prestige. There is no prestige in tool-making, cooking or farming. To maximize your prestige, you must rise up to the leisure class: you work must not be immediately useful. Thus, there is more prestige in being a CEO or a politician, than in being a nurse or a cook. Scientists who supervise things from afar have more prestige. Programming is akin to tool-making, thus people from the leisure class won’t touch it. People will call themselves engineer or analyst or developer, but rarely “programmer” because it is too utilitarian.


This is exaclty it. We don't tie "prestige" to toolmakers. And "programmers" are deffinately considered toolmakers.
You are right, "Do what you love". But often people love the admiration and prestige that they make the switch. The psychology of it certainly is interesting though.
Computers have been intelligent for a long time now. It just so happens that the program writers are about as effective as a room full of monkeys trying to crank out a copy of Hamlet.

NewsThe Recruiter Honeypot PinstaffTerrence Dorsey27-Jun-12 16:19 
GeneralRe: The Recruiter Honeypot PinmemberJoe Woodbury28-Jun-12 7:04 
NewsToneCraft - an experiment with the Web Audio API PinstaffTerrence Dorsey27-Jun-12 16:18 
NewsBoth true and false: a Zen moment with C PinstaffTerrence Dorsey27-Jun-12 16:17 
GeneralRe: Both true and false: a Zen moment with C PinmemberRon Anders27-Jun-12 18:13 
GeneralRe: Both true and false: a Zen moment with C PinmemberPIEBALDconsult28-Jun-12 7:17 

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