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Been paid for developing for a couple decades, in addition to the assembly, Basic, and DB III I learned for the fun of it. Most of my professional career has been spent developing server systems and web applications.

Some things I have come to believe are:

  • Simplicity is hard, but oh so necessary
  • The hardest problem is understanding
  • Users are great, they keep you humble

Nov
5
comment Does your team function well without following a work methodology (such as scrum)?
The idea of "Process" is intended to teach managers what the good practices to produce consistent and correct results. Managers don't really know these things, and don't realize that they are part of the problem sometimes. "Do we do X?", "No? Well we do now, and I need it next week!". Management in turn uses those processes to try and turn their technical people into assembly line workers. So yes, I agree, process for process sake is insanely stupid--and insanely expensive.
Nov
5
answered Does your team function well without following a work methodology (such as scrum)?
Nov
4
comment Do non-manager coders in their forties or older out there sometimes regret about not being managers?
I've got some coworkers at least in their 50s, both with Ph.D.s and both working on some of our advanced algorithms. They also happen to be very grounded people, unlike some of the young Ph.D.'s I've met. They are there, but not common.
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answered Do non-manager coders in their forties or older out there sometimes regret about not being managers?
Nov
2
answered Why is it you never get as much done as you'd planned?
Nov
2
answered Reasonable test coverage requirements when dealing with a contractor?
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answered A programmer should concentrate on at least how many languages?
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awarded  Teacher