It reminds me of the closing scene from gangs of new york.. where after this epic struggle it shows the gravestones against the evolving city, and as a hundred years elapse in seconds, the markers crumble, and then are gone.. In 5 years, many of the machines I programmed will be replaced. In ten years, most of my current knowledge will be obsolete. In twenty years, nothing that I have made will be relevant at all.. Maybe I should have built houses..
We did a different show every night. We'd open a show, and then two weeks later we'd open the next show. And two weeks later we'd open the third show until we had all eight running. And it was just one of the richest experiences I'd ever had in my theatrical life.
Proud is the wrong word, I didn't do anything to have a certain vocation, and I can only be proud of something I accomplished by myself. But I'm happy about it, and I can stand for it. I like my job, I like what I do and I don't have any qualms - but I there are things I would not program.
Does the word "Business Requirement" means anything to you? It means, the software developers and IT department are generally considered the ARMPIT of the firm (the punching bag) that developers get told exactly what to do and what not to do. (Especially those top earners who work in banks you should understand what I mean)
[well, but if you work in software house, or you own the business yourself, that's another matter. Suckingbird for instance, he's the all powerfull King - when you're in retail as supposed to enterprise you don't need bend over for food/payraises]
Don't be bloody silly you need to earn a living, so do you take pride in what you do for that part of your existence!
I do, and I do. However, Ravi said, "There is nothing else in life I'd rather do but develop software." and that is what I was responding to. I enjoy writing code, and I am happy to make my living writing code, but I can think of lots of things I'd rather do.
Now that I'm a programmer and manager, I create things that are useful, and I can make sure others (the people who report to me) are treated with the respect, understanding and appreciation that they deserve. All in all, life is good and I'm proud of who I am and what I do.