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The Weird and The Wonderful forum is a place to post Coding Horrors, Worst Practices, and the occasional flash of brilliance.

We all come across code that simply boggles the mind. Lazy kludges, embarrassing mistakes, horrid workarounds and developers just not quite getting it. And then somedays we come across - or write - the truly sublime.

Post your Best, your worst, and your most interesting. But please - no programming questions . This forum is purely for amusement and discussions on code snippets. All actual programming questions will be removed.

 
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Diego, while reading yours post, I was thinking as if I wrote the whole post. My situation is almost similar to you. I have been coding for over a decade, running my firm. Development really needs longer hours and 12+ is common and consistent at our level. Less balanced life and frequent changes do hurt and the cost factor is always a worry.

But at the end of day, changes are bound to happen and we need to accept it. We definitely set our standards and ways of doing things after few years of coding and it does hurt when you have to change. But you see logical reasoning is something that is pretty constant. When you have a problem definition, you need to think and that is where you get an edge over the kids. You can build a model in your mind quicker than many. So you are in a better position at the beginning. Then it is all about knowing the use of libraries in the new technology and knowing which library would be suitable to your problem. Here also an experienced programmer can track the libraries faster than fresh guys.

Frequent changes are bad, but we have survived all these years for the changes. Imagine if the technology gets constant, more idiots learns the 'Method' of doing it and actual work is less. Why would someone pay for a 20 years experienced when the job can be done by a kid for some cool bucks?

We develop prototypes for many organizations in many fields. Frankly I do not complain. Company outsources a new technology or design to us to make first working model because they do not have that resources to do it. Once a model is ready, it is easier to understand that.

When a new technology comes along I see it as an opportunity as several thousands people working in existing technology takes time to switch. That is an advantage.


Fatigue is definitely a tiring factor. But think of those moments when you smiled after solving a complex problem. Think about those moments when your mind gives you an Oscar for finding that 'WOW' solution. These fun moments can never be bought by money. You can never buy a happiness of satisfaction. The feeling of doing something special is really more than monitory expectations. I tell you, if you someday happen to turn the table and get a Million dollar funding and just take your enterprise to new level, you will still be sad. You sure would have money then but would not have that fun factor of raw coding.

When I have such feelings , when I get depressed by thinking the monitory aspects and pressure of adaptation, I just say to myself. " I must be special to have worked with so many projects and technologies. I am talented!". I try to remember those fun moments of jumping and punching in air, those light moments after many days of night outs. I do glorify my smallest of achievement in my mind and then I realize I am better than several billion human beings who never know why they have born. Yes I am behind few thousand great entrepreneurs, but I am going there. This pushes me hard.

You are special because you have been there for two decades. To be a Hero to yourself is a precious gift. Trust me on that. Do not bother. Monkey will jump around, but then you need trees. You are that tree. People introduces new technologies because they know that there are few Diegos who will catch it off.
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