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Being a software programmer is one of the best jobs these days for your pocketbook and your job security, but it can be incredibly bad for your mental health.
Two things are going on that are literally driving programmers crazy.
One is something known as the "imposter syndrome." That's when you're pretty sure that all the other coders you work with are smarter, more talented and more skilled than you are. You live in fear that people will discover that you are really faking your smarts or skills or accomplishments.
Women programmers frequently confess to suffering from imposter syndrome, and that's not surprising. The syndrome was actually first documented by psychologists Dr. Pauline Rose Clance and Dr. Suzanne Imes as a particular issue for successful women. It's also the subject of a number of self-help books geared toward women.
But a lot of male programmers increasingly say that that they feel it, too.
These people tend to apply extremely high standards to themselves and not to others. Imposter syndrome is common in professions where the work is peer reviewed. Writing software is just such a field, particularly open-source software where anyone can look at the code and change it.
I sometimes let resharper to change pices of code to linq as he advises, just to enjoy the result for a while and ctrl-z it back
Sure - 5-6 lines of code became one, but perfectly readable code vanished...
"My software never has bugs. It just develops random features."
I think I suffer from Imposter Syndrome or at least have in the past. I am more confident in my skills now but I say in programming or software development keep an open mind. A person may have more experience than you on a certain aspect of a project or vice versa.
"Two things are going on ... One is ..."
What is the other? The suspense in your post ...
I think what you describe is true in most areas where there is a high skill level, for some people. I always feel insecure in that regard in work, academia, sports and any team scenario like that, though only a bit (to the level where it drives me on, not makes me fearful or paranoid).
I (think of myself as ) am a woman programer and I can think of several other CPians, who are also. You better not say anything wrong (bad) about us or something may happen. Be prepared and be scared !
Microsoft ... the only place where VARIANT_TRUE != true
No offence, but the reason I even looked for plagiarism is that I just couldn't believe you had suddenly become so articulate. You could try adding errors the next time you "borrow" some text without attribution.