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First of all, I know it's a bit late, but welcome to the community. Know that your experience is not unique, is not even rare, but is generally par for the course. There are very serious pluses and minuses to being a dev, but let's talk about something else first: soft skills.

By and large developers tend to regard logic, efficiency, and technical ability as positive traits. This is not the case with people in the lion's share of other disciplines, and over time this leads to many devs being a bit more reclusive and less invested in the work of others; to the point where the caginess of programmers is pretty much a stereotype. Now, this caginess is not reserved for "outsiders", but rather anyone that does not meet each individual's bar for competence. This is the first primary contributing factor in the response that you've received, and don't be so self-centered as to assume that how people interact with you has everything (or anything) to do with you.

Now to where my own caginess might show: the things that you're complaining about are actually the job. Yeah, writing code is nice and all, but it's not the hard part of the job. Expressing yourself in code is a baseline, and every knowledge domain is different, so each new project will, largely, throw you right back into a pit of not knowing what's going on, not having a foundation in the subject matter, or generally not being sure of where to immediately go. This is entirely the reason we have an SDLC and why the things that may not have seemed terribly important in school are very important in practice.

You're also not expected to know everything, despite how it might feel at the moment, but you are expected to be able to figure things out that are in the knowledge domain of the company that you work for. You are expected to understand some patterns and practices when it comes specifically to engineering, but that's part of the trade. Never, ever, play "smart" when you're lost: questions are invaluable, ask them!

Learn to provide realistic estimates (the Scotty rule can help...) so that you don't always feel under the gun. Sharpen your research skills; Google is the ultimate expression of RTFM, and being able to read up on APIs or even check source on GitHub is a gigantic leg up. Utilize it without shame or fear.

When you don't have a current project, experiment. Play with a language or technology. Look for holes that you can plug. Make a space for yourself within the organization.
"Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity."
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