When I was growing up and thinking about becoming a programmer, I envisioned myself working on complex algorithmic systems, like radar, pattern recognition, or AI. I know a lot of people who really wanted to work in OS development or maybe game programming. But, by and large, the majority of us ended up working on data-driven Web sites and other typical business applications. Is it a letdown? Yes, but it is not a surprise, either. Now that I’m “older and wiser,” I am able to see that I never put forth the effort in the right directions to follow my ambition. What kind of development projects would you love to be working on? Let us know by taking this quick poll.


Disclosure of Justin’s industry affiliations: Justin James has a working arrangement with Microsoft to write an article for MSDN Magazine. He also has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides.


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