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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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