Anyone broken free from professional life? Warning: rant

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  • What kind of basic concepts?

  • Some shoes are fucking annoying to be fair though.

  • Probably stuff like how to write scalable, performant, easy to read and easy to maintain code and how to interface safely (oh-er!) with other parts of whatever technology stack is being used.

    On topic, It's interesting to think that becoming some kind of programmer could be seen as 'breaking free of professional life' but whatever works, works.

  • I thought the basic concepts of software development are that it takes three times as long and costs three times as much as seems reasonable, and doesn't actually work very well in the end anyway.

  • Yes. Whilst the tech bros run off with your money.

  • That's just because Sales guys promise the Moon on a stick for ¬£1000 and then BAs and PMs with no idea end up creating a project that's more like the galaxy on a stick.

    runs off with the money

  • It feels that way to me. The grass was definitely emerald beautiful green when I got to the other side. I love my new career, where I get to learn constantly while not taking on massive life or death or legal risk.

    Yes, I am a bit obsessed with building software and writing code that is very human readable, maintainable etc, down to class names, file naming an structure etc. I then comment my code where something is not obvious. I agree totally, programming is not really about being a syntax genius, but about the humans and teams and how you get the whole human system working.

  • It is all about solving a business need. If you can avoid developers and find a solution off the shelf then great, but there are a lot of niche business needs that need that iterative process of development which costs a lot of money, takes a lot of time, miscommunication of needs (inevitable when the programmers are not subject matter experts) etc. The programming itself is easy. Solving the business need in a way that end users find intuitive is hard as you effectively have two teams of specialised people who need to learn from each other and build a solution.

  • It's interesting to think that becoming some kind of programmer could be seen as 'breaking free of professional life'

    This kind of hit me! I felt like I had totally broken free after trading a full time job for a... full time job? I think it's indicative of a sense that you've transitioned from a job where you have to be a "professional" to a job where you can be yourself, whether that's in how you express yourself through your work, how you schedule your work week, your wellbeing or something else entirely.

    Damn

  • This. Also, your job should align with your aptitudes and interests.

    http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule­.html

    I have always been a maker. I like working to my own schedule and getting into an undisturbed flow where I am deeply engrossed in what I am doing. Some people prefer to spend their day in meetings, and engaging with colleagues directly. If you are an extrovert stuck in a job where you are forced to focus on a task without enough human interaction, or an introvert stuck in a job where you have to interact with people all day, you will become miserable.

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