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We are a dying breed, Marc. All of the software has been written, and the software development world has slid into maintenance mode...
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013
It does indeed suck. I was in the hunt about 2 years ago at the start of Covid. The only real good thing I have found is the number of companies that no longer care where your butt is located. But otherwise as JSOP said. We are a dying breed and alot of what they want us for is maintenance mode for old apps. It pays pretty well. But it is boring. I had one job consulting in the middle with a guaranteed base each week for 40 hours and I could do the job in 10. Boring but nice in someways. The dog got lots of walks.
To err is human to really elephant it up you need a computer
I resist the urge to believe our best years are behind us, but...
Ah, the thrill of being a high priest of computing, allowed to enter the machine room sanctum with its roaring fans and shaking disk drives, its black and blue cabinets of hardware, its blinky lights. Now a computer is just a featureless black slab on my desk, or worse yet a cloud of vapor(ware).
Ah, the pride of being treated like a professional, like the accountants and lawyers; the knowledge that your unique talents made you valuable. Now you are a highly paid galley slave, endlessly rowing.
Yes, the flow-state ecstasy of starting a project from a blank screen, turning a blinking cursor into a thousand lines of code. How painful nowadays to fiddle someone else's bland, banal code to squeeze in another feature just like the last thousand.
And the women, the geeky, interesting women. Remember when there were women writing software? I really miss women in a workplace where the air is a mist of testosterone.
Yes, working at a startup was probably one of the most 'fun' jobs I've had. 12-14 hour days, 6-7 days a week and it was still fun. I was just unlucky enough to join the startup about a year before the big DotCom crash!
If you can't find adventure, I'd recommend trying to find a job where you'll learn something new and different from what you know. I was luckily enough to find a job were I could learn a fair amount of DSP. Something I'd never have thought I'd really like, but did.
I am probably the most irrelevant person here as I still use Visual FoxPro (but keep reading!)
I am retired but had a problem with a local council department. I asked them some questions and then wrote a simple system (maybe 40 hours coding) to obviate their problems that "there was no way round" and gave them a demo on my ancient laptop. They were open mouthed at the result and are looking to see if they can somehow get a separate laptop to install it on as "they would never allow it on their network". It should save them hours of boring paperwork per week.
SO I got some satisfaction from that, although I didn't do it for money, I might get a reduction in the bills for the junior football club I am treasurer for.
I’m sure you’ve been flooded, but if you’re still looking. The company I work for has been the best company since I’ve been a SE. I spent almost 2 years on internal tooling (which I volunteered for between projects, and which I very much got to do what I wanted to do).