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I spent 18 years working working as the sole dev at one shop. it was frustrating when needing to 'bounce' ideas of off someone else, when they had no concept of what i was even talking about.
Now i work on a team, and it has it's own drawbacks, like stubbornness, knowledge hording, primadonnas, or just non-communicative; I'm not saying everyone is like that, but even one on a team is a productivity killer.
I've always worked alone - even if the company had other programmers.
Now I do like having someone around to explain my problems to (coding, that is) - but oddly, verbalizing has turned out to be a highly likely way for me to see the problem and fix it.
These days, I have a similar path (and no other programmers for many an in-house mile, and none of them code the same languages) - but I'll describe to my boss what I'm doing/thinking/why something may or may not be doable and then, as often as not, e-talk myself into new approaches.
The only nay-sayer is me and I'm willing to listen.
I heard of something called pair programming. Very inconvenient - I mean where will I hide the body?
My username was taken from an old D&D character I created back in 1978. The character's full name was "Forogar Longstride" (I liked "Strider" from LOTR). However, I recently decided to resurrect him for a new group I may be guest playing with (AD&D v5) and I am going to call him "Forogar Garlick" from now on!
This also has the advantage that if he gets killed I can claim "Forogar Longstride" never died.
None of this is real, but it might be different.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
in a way I like it, you see all of the challenges the web folk have to put up with, data security, data compliance, platform disparity...
coding nice little in-house apps or single-platform-single-user tools, none of that matters as much, just common sense, locking up the database/tools so they don't break it etc. it's good to see all the crap us deskies don't even have to think about.
OIOW, I read it because it reminds me why I DONT go down that road.
I can see how that's primarily web based because that's where all the news is.
Cloud, Privacy, GDPR, data breaches, new (international) laws, new frameworks... All web.
And that's because the web is still growing and billions of people use it daily.
Slow Eddie wrote:
Lots of web developers here, no doubt, but I still see regular posts about tools and hardware, C(++), Raspberry Pi, WPF and lately even some parser stuff from codewitch, although WinForms not so much anymore.
And of course the standard complaining about Mickeysoft
That said, you are a dying breed
Perhaps you can check Reddit for topics on desktop development?
I don't use it myself, but I know it has pretty much everything (for example: reddit.com: search results - desktop development[^]).
Reddit has the added bonus that when you're done with desktop development you can continue checking out the x-rated content