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Management that understands interruptions aren't conducive to productivity? WTF? Are you pulling our leg? How the heck did that happen? If upper management finds out, your bosses are looking at pink slips.
Love what you do? There's no such thing. As soon as I start HAVING to do something, it becomes something to tolerate and not enjoy. Has happened with every job, including those outside of software. Don't ask me, but that's just the way it is.
I still really enjoy problem solving but when I end up having to write pages of boiler plate I start to get a bit peeved. My perfect gig is to build just enough of the prototype to know it'll work and then hand it over to a minion to finish
Yeah, like anywhere, there are some really cool people here... then those you gotta learn to avoid. With the amount of people here, you have to learn how to sharpen your avoid radar. But once you do that, it's all good.
I like coding new features, where I feel like I'm not bound by what's gone before. Unfortunately that doesn't happen too often. Our products have a lifespan of 10 years or more, so we end up spending a lot of time on maintenance. Most of the time when I'm adding a new feature, I have to keep in mind a bewildering pile of constraints, prior practice, backward compatibility, and so on.
Misquoting Norm Abrams of The New Yankee Workshop, I have to "measure 3 or 4 times, then cut. And always wear your safety glasses!".
Jaded, but still love it. I like the creative problem solving aspects of the job. What I'm not a big fan of is shifting requirements. People (read as management) seem to know what they don't want instead of what they want. You code to spec, and then when they get it in front of them they look at, and say they don't like it or its not what they wanted. What do you mean that is not what you wanted you put it in the #@#$% spec and signed off on it.
Alright so maybe I'm leaning more toward the jaded side. However, this doesn't stop me from my side projects. And those are always accepted and coded to spec.
That is a shame - I made a career change, purely by chance, and have never looked back and, for the most part, have enjoyed it all. I am sad when someone does not get the same sense of joy from the job they have, for now, chosen to do.
I still love it. As long as it's proper coding, that is. Drag and drop coding doesn't really suit me, and herding cats (which is my role on my current project) even less. Thankfully my boss knows that I'm not a cat herder and has promised I'll be a coder on the next project.
I have consistently refused "advancements" into project management and other sh*t I'm not good at. So yes, I am coding and I LOVE coding. The old stuff, the new stuff, the bleeding edge stuff... all the stuff.
And I'm 54, and have been coding for 35 years.
Salary? Yeah, it's a lot lower than it would have been if I had accepted the suggestions to go the management path. But do you know what? I fall asleep smiling every night.
As one of the shows I loved in high school used to put it: "You bet your bippy, I do.."
I started coding in college, then went on to some "real world" jobs. I tried to stay technical, but almost every company I worked for tried to push me into management. I tried management and I hated it. So I went back to programming.
My biggest problem is that there are few jobs for senior citizen programmers, especially out here in the "boondocks."
Similar - I don't rec all seeing that but, then, I don't remember what I had for breakfast last week.
It was bacon.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
Last year I was in a blue funk and didn't love anything much, least of all coding.
I eventually stopped being so hard on myself, relaxed, and now I'm all fired up again! I love problem solving, I love crafting a simple, elegant solution, I love making an app really slick, and learning things as I implement features and fix bugs. I really, really love coding - it completes me
Disclaimer: I'm sole developer on a small but complex/fun little app, and the company I contract with gives me an office and a plate of cooked food every day, lots of trust, and very little interference.
I wish! I feel guilty because I don't do automated or unit testing; my debugging involves stepping through code or sprinkling "print" statements everywhere (embedded background). There are probably more deserving developers. I certainly appreciate it though!
Sadly the contract has come to an end. I'm Interviewing with big corporates and software dev sweatshops with a heavy heavy heart
Yes, I like to code.
Not always so much at work, you have legacy code, simple code and code that comes nowhere near the quality you may expect from a professional team, but of course there are also the fun projects.
In my own time I love coding!
When I got a good project, like arrgh.js, I can't wait to get home and start coding, sometimes until well in the night.
And then there are times when I just rather slack on the couch and do nothing
I still love to code - and I've been coding for almost thirty years now.
I've marked the beginning as the day when I first got a lime colored hot-air balloon to move across a blue background; I can still remember sitting on the floor in front of a 26" tv, copying the instructions from the C=64 user's manual. Those numbers were magic, and I took the bait... hook, line and sinker. Not many days after there were a plethora of things that I could move across the screen and in different colors too!
So, the last thirty years I've been doing what I love, and the last fifteen with the added benefit of a monthly salary.
I started programming in 1969 and ended up as an Analyst but my true love was, and still is, coding (from my own design). I look on programming as an art. I love to see well thought out and efficient code. I am now 71 years old, retired but still programming (learning C#) to keep the little grey cells active. I will stop programming when I am in my box.
I do. I find it relaxing and satisfying. To be able to build things virtually before your eyes knowing first at the end that it works, and many times after that someone will use it and make their lives better is a great feeling.
I love writing the bleeding edge stuff. I wrote some code in 2008 that was still running, unmodified, in 2015. It was an awesome feeling... knowing that something I had written way back when was still running.
I would say that I still like to code, but I don't like it in the way that I used to.
For the longest time my favorite movie was WarGames (and it's still on my list). That movie emphasized how cool and mysterious computers were at the time. Computers couldn't really do much back then, but that's what made them so accessible and fun. To program a computer, you had to understand computers. You had to know what was going on with bits and bytes and graphics adapters and protocols and whatnot, but those were all little things that you could grasp and play around with. But it created an intimacy between man and machine. Even high-level languages like BASIC felt rudimentary enough to represent the binary structure of a computer.
It's like college. I loved college. It was so different from high school. I had more freedom. I discovered that there was so much more to this world than I had realized. College was very exciting...when I was 18. I've gone back to college a few times to take a course here and there. The magic isn't there anymore because I am a different person. It's disappointing, but it's okay because as a different person I understand more and I am a better student.
So now I am a career developer. Now I face the challenge of professional growth. It isn't enough to track down a bug; I need to make my code as bug-free as possible with every single release. It isn't enough to deliver on a project; I need to make code as efficient and manageable as possible with every line I write. So I miss the simplicity and mystery of what computers used to be. But as computers have grown, so have I, and the challenges continue to present themselves. I definitely still enjoy that.
Yes, coding has always been fun and a challenge. I am 74 years old, write c#, C++, C, VB.net, Assembler, Java and while not too often anymore can still dabble in cobol, rpg, snobol, python and other classic languages. I have been called the oldest coder in the world, but just for laughs! As it keeps my mind active and my skills sharp I will keep coding as long as I can reach the keyboard and see the screen.
I have found myself conflicted recently with this very question. My current role deals more with strategy and architecture and less hands-on code. When I took the job, I felt like I was sick of coding. Now I'm missing it a bit and wanting to go back.
I feel now that this is likely due to the bureaucracy present in my environment and the fact that I can design an architecture but getting it going is difficult and slow. These frustrations make me long for simply sitting down at a computer and typing code. I feel code gives you immediate feedback and that endorphin rush of getting something to work. Working at a higher level is more abstract and at times difficult to feel that you actually accomplished something.
Yes, I still love it. Coding tasks are like the kata of a very internal martial art; one that allows me to break bricks, drive, fly, build, and destroy using the distilled power of my mind. Seriously, d'you think I'd want to give that up?
I love to code... but my biggest issue now is that I have a severe stress related anxiety issue which leads to depression. If there is no pressure on me, I can code like crazy... but the slightest amount of pressure, leads to stress which triggers my anxiety issues.
And from what I can understand from my psychologist, high order anxiety leads to a flight or fight situation and your brain starts shutting down in preparation for either flight or fight... and as a result, I can concentrate or at times even think logically and I just stop working.
It's a pain in the arse... because I still love to code.
Love to code! I've managed (and tried at all costs) to avoid the "management" track of any sort, preferring to carve out a technical lead type of position that requires more, rather than les, code from me. And yeah, now approaching my 32nd anniversary in the profession.
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