Will the real programmer please stand up?
Over the last year or two, I’ve been reading articles that describe this strange world where software developers are Gods. They are paid so much money that it’s ridiculous. They get flown across the US and invited to parties with naked girls in spa pools and all the booze in the world.
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Ok. I feel like I’m missing something here. I’m a software developer. I’ve been doing this for the past 10 years or so. I’ve worked in NZ, Australia, London and now Amsterdam, just to mix things up. I’ve even worked primarily in the e-commerce space. So why on earth am I not living this crazy extravagant lifestyle?! Is it because I don’t live in the US? Waaaaahh!!
Then I read this article and the penny dropped.
Who are the “fat guys who know C++”, or as someone else put it, “the guys with neckbeards, who keep Google’s servers running”?
What?? What do you mean who are they? Isn’t this a perfect description of a software developer? If it isn’t, then what is??
Until this point, I’ve been living in a world where I thought the developers that apparently belong to this ‘secret Guild of nomadic craftsmen’ were the real developers, the ones that people refer to when they mention software developers. Apparently I’m wrong and I’m now a part of something that not everyone is even aware exists! To most people, developers are actually cool hipsters that have a great fashion sense and certainly aren’t spock-like.
When did this shift in definitions happen?