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Would you encourage a friend or relative to become a software developer?   [Edit]

Survey period: 10 Sep 2007 to 16 Sep 2007

Do your cousins look up to you in awe? Do you friends think you're way cooler than they are? Or would you prefer to think of yourself as a lesson unto others? (Suggested by RomTibi)

OptionVotes% 
Yes26514.80
Yes, unless they really had no chance of succeeding36420.34
Maybe - it's too hard to generalise37921.17
No, unless they were really keen or talented59533.24
No18710.45



 
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Mycroft Holmes12-Sep-07 23:11
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GeneralYes, but... Not in my team/company/project... Pin
Nickolay Karnaukhov9-Sep-07 23:18
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Vasudevan Deepak Kumar10-Sep-07 0:11
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Nickolay Karnaukhov10-Sep-07 22:45
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Vasudevan Deepak Kumar11-Sep-07 7:00
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GeneralRe: Yes, but... Not in my team/company/project... Pin
Nickolay Karnaukhov11-Sep-07 7:25
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AlexCode10-Sep-07 0:29
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GeneralRelatives into Programming... Pin
Bruce Chapman DNN9-Sep-07 21:45
professionalBruce Chapman DNN9-Sep-07 21:45 
I wouldn't recommend anyone do programming unless they have the aptitude and want to do it for the right reasons.

It's a good job, I think, especially compared to so many others. You can make a good wage, a decent living or a fortune, depending on how far you want to take it.

But if you're not cut out for it, it's can be a wretched job. It's the sort of job that if you hum along at the lower 30% in terms of ability, you'll get 90% of the crap jobs. You'll get stuck supporting products written in technology two evolutions ago, like some weird VB3 app that is still mission critical and runs on a Windows 95 machine. You'll have to try and sort through 10 years of messed up spaghetti code - somewhat like having to live with the village bike, it's dreary and embarassing. You'll dream of the day where you get to do a clean sheet design of an exciting new product - but it will never happen. And then the worst thing happens - your skillset finally becomes obsolete because you were stuck on the old projects and didn't keep up - and you end up as a bitter testing analyst with a chip on your shoulder. And daily you declare to people 'when I was programming in assembly we didn't introduce this many bugs!'.

{oh, and that's not me!}


Bruce Chapman
iFinity.com.au - Websites and Software Development

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