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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.
Getting on a plane tomorrow morning - Friday the 13th, there's a full moon tonight and a nationwide weather warning.
I'd have a few beers in the morning, but I might end up driving at the other end!
Ah, I see you have the machine that goes ping. This is my favorite. You see we lease it back from the company we sold it to and that way it comes under the monthly current budget and not the capital account.
Just hit a 10 years old bug with C# compiler. After making changes for hours and trusting that a successful compile is also running smoothly I ran into this bug when running tests on the application...
Now to spend some more hours to create a reasonable workaround. Can't believe that this kind of bug still exists in VS2015 after being reported back in 2007...
I need to try to build a simple test case to ensure that this really is a bug and not because of mistakes my code...