Lessons from a Senior Developer
The lessons I am going to share with you are what the industry was like when I started learning [1970's]. Back then, if you could pass [white privilege], they had special jobs to show the world how civilized life was in the North. Thanks to my grandmother and mother I was able to access things uncommon to... well these days it seems like even most whites. *Use color to illustrate perspective, just like a machine only sees humans.
I do NOT consider myself a "Senior Developer" I do NOT have a list of the usual media Wow factor accolades. As a matter of fact, I haven't been hired for a W-2 job that required more than high school for education, ever. On average and according to my taxes, I have only made $23,000 income once and that was well over 20 years ago. I have spent most of my life between the lower middle class and the low-income eligible for public assistance demographic.
Money is NOT wealth.
I say that to let you know, leave the labels and your ego at the door. A machine doesn't care and anyone in tech you want help from won't deal with it. Even if you can hack the Pentagon from a Chromebook, everyone has a weakness when they have to hide behind the need to be important. I don't want anyone else to be held back simply because they were .
The Rules to Programming Life
- You do not know how to think. *
- Your perception of the world is wrong!
- You want the impossible, accept it, and find something attainable.
- Your arguments are irrelevant. I do not have to convince you, your code will do that for me.
- When I see you have not followed proper naming conventions, I will stop helping you.
- When I see you have not properly commented on your code, I will throw it away.
- No debug steps, no assistance. Show YOUR work!
- Your lack of time management will NOT change my deadlines, expectations, etc. You will suffer the consequences on your own.
- A machine does NOT care. It is a TOOL to assist you with reducing time for a calculation, provide storage, or perform a task that is harmful to a human.
- Teach these rules to anyone else that wants to become a Technician.
* Contractions are NOT a machine function.
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