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Anonymous12345678 wrote:
I was led to believe that I would be programming
100% of my job is writing documentation

If I were you, I'd bring this up with your manager and diplomatically and politely indicate your job expectations are not being met.  Hopefully your manager will be able to move you to a programming position, else you may need to look for alternative employment.  Be careful - if a programming position in your current company isn't available, you've basically flagged yourself as a potential candidate for being laid off.

Anonymous12345678 wrote:
your first programming job

My first programming job was a dream come true.  I joined Digital's XCON[^] group in 1987 and was convinced I was the world's sharpest programmer.  (I was a pretty good student and spent most of my waking hours writing code.)  Within a few days (and about every week for the next 7 years), I met someone who showed me a nifty programming technique or a clever solution to a problem that blew my mind.  DEC exposed me to life in a large software company and forced me to mature as a developer - not just technically, but interfacing with other teams, understanding software maintainability, defensive coding, end-user satisfaction, requirements analysis, etc.  Don't get me wrong - all I did then (and all I do today) is 100% software development.  But the ancillary skills I've picked up along the way have helped me tremendously.

I don't know where you're located, but I recommend looking for a job in a company whose primary function is software development.  The experience you gain over the years will allow you to eventually move to a smaller outfit (if you so choose) and be a bigger influencer of the product or service you develop.

If a change of employment is not practical at this time, take the time (away from work) to write code.  LOTS of code.  Start with small utilities or maybe a game - something you know people will want to use, or even better, something that YOU wished existed that would make your job easier.  The knowledge you gain by doing this will help you in the long run.  And if your employer sees value in what you've built, you can expect to be taken more seriously and maybe obtain the developer position you've wanted in the first place.

Good luck!

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