"Every programmer occasionally, when nobody’s home, turns off the lights, pours a glass of scotch, puts on some light German electronica, and opens up a file on their computer."

“This file is Good Code. […] It was written by a single person, and never touched by another. It reads like poetry written by someone over thirty.

Every programmer starts out writing some perfect little snowflake like this. Then they’re told on Friday they need to have six hundred snowflakes written by Tuesday”

LMAO this hits close to home

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@dfr this is a great explanation for anything who thinks programming isn’t a working class job

@flip I had a great colleague who jokingly said that he was a “code peasant” or “bit herder”. It doesn’t need to make your hands dirty to be working class, definitely.

@dfr I’ve worked construction, landscaping, tree surgery, food, and retail. Programming is like doing the hardest part of any of those jobs while also reading a dictionary and maintaining half a dozen unrelated conversations. So the pay and hours better be good

@dfr my favorite quote from this: “Right now someone who works for Facebook is getting tens of thousands of error messages and frantically trying to find the problem before the whole charade collapses. There’s a team at a Google office that hasn’t slept in three days. Somewhere there’s a database programmer surrounded by empty Mountain Dew bottles whose husband thinks she’s dead. And if these people stop, the world burns”

@flbr hahah and if all sysadmins went for lunch at once the world would crash.

@dfr found another great quote (from a different article by the same person): “the ability to do something is not the same skill as the ability to say anything useful about it”

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