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Poll: Do you like your development projects?

Most development work isn't made up of dream projects, such as video game programming. So how happy are you with your development projects?

Every time I'm around people who are learning to write code or who are interested in becoming developers, they have a good idea of what kind of projects they want to work on, and it never seems to be data driven Web sites to help the operations department shuffle paper more efficiently.

In April 2009, I asked TechRepublic readers about your ideal programming projects, and 19% said typical business applications. Of course, that doesn't mean that you are unhappy with the projects you are working on; at the same time, I would imagine that a group of people who wanted to be working on things like AI and genetic algorithms might find the reality of the typical development project to be a bit of a disappointment.

J.Ja

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

7 comments
r.lavellelangham
r.lavellelangham

I've made a career out of doing what others seem to hate - turning around development projects without the familiar cry of "it would be cheaper to re-write the whole thing". I've been told at interview "there's no money to re-write this", yet I've managed to sneak in a duplicate (refactoring) of the Back-end to make it sane - held in synchronism with the old "insane" schema with Triggers so the Client has the option of fully converting when they feel the cost/effort benefit is there. Now I'm God - anytime they want enhancements they come to me because I delivered what they said they wanted without sacrificing my ease of production - ie on time and within budget. The trick is - make each development your own. Never believe you can't do this - you always can when the client is only interested in results. This is what a Consultant does fer God's sake. Ahem. My apologies - sermon over, now you can go back to whatever you were doing with my apologies. Russ

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Clueless short term thinking numpty's projects, not so much...

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

But I always get to work on the fun stuff.

apotheon
apotheon

People who are at the top of their field often do get to work on the most interesting problems -- particularly when they have the flexibility in project acceptance of a consultant. You're in the right place to get the kind of work they like.

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

... of working long hours on the same projects year after year. I guess it's true what they say about payin' yer dues.

hrdfsique
hrdfsique

and it never seems to be data driven Web sites to help the operations department shuffle paper more efficiently How funny... I actually prefer doing this type of work. It brings my business mind, organizational skills, and program logic/design all together. Not to mention you can see your work complete and making a difference.

Justin James
Justin James

A good number of the developers out there would rather be doing something else. If you look at the poll I linked to, the most common kind of work out there had an average showing in the "this is what I wanted to do with my life" department. Personally, I don't mind that kind of work, but my happiness with it is very dependent on who is involved in the design/testing process, and the particular technologies in play. My tolerance for pain is a lot higher when I am emotionally engaged in my work, and "typical business apps" often don't do it for me at that level. I definitely like the sense of accomplishment when you see someone else having their day a lot easier or saving money, but in this industry, that's rarer than I'd like. :( J.Ja

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