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.
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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.