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programming is not a fun career, it has its moments but honestly it is hard to recommend on any basis except the pay

three things you spend a lot of time doing in software:

- explaining why we can't do something the *right* way or the way that will make some stakeholder happiest (sometimes technical but usually bc time or money)
- discovering by excruciating process of elimination over the course of hours that you misread a word in some documentation, or mistyped something, or... whatever.
- trying to understand someone else's code from 3 years ago (no comments, no docs, no way to contact them about it)

otoh this opinion is largely the product of burnout, and i might find some measure of optimism about things if i were able to take a break, and after that break, have coworkers with whom to collaborate.

@ntnsndr it's funny how lots of things are more fun when you take them at whatever pace is comfortable or exciting, and you don't depend on them to keep your kids fed!

@redoak @ntnsndr Exactly. Capitalism is brilliant at emptying all human activity, draining everything of any enjoyment.

idk this is probably way different if you have a more conventional programming career than i do? oops

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