Is being a programmer what you imagined?

Now that you're a programmer, how does the reality of the job stack up to your expectations of working in development? Let us know by taking this poll.

When I was growing up, I wanted to be a programmer. When I got to college, while I discovered that I did not enjoy Computer Science as a field of study, I still wanted to be a programmer. I had a particular image of what a development job was like, in no small part influenced by my perceptions (which are not always accurate) of my father's work life (he is a programmer as well). Let's just say that the reality is a bit different from what I expected! Some of the differences between my expectations and reality are good, and some of them are not so good. But overall, I am pretty darned happy with the career choices I have made.


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. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Get weekly development tips in your inbox Keep your developer skills sharp by signing up for TechRepublic's free Web Developer newsletter, delivered each Tuesday. Automatically subscribe today!

About Justin James

Justin James is an OutSystems MVP, architect, and developer with expertise in SaaS applications and enterprise applications.

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