thursday, october 22

filing cabinets

people ask me sometimes about becoming a programmer
it's a fair enough question
i'm at least nominally a professional in the field
and it can be good work if you can get it

i think my answers have varied in quality,
but it seems like almost no one ever finds them very satisfying

by definition
being in the condition of wanting to be a programmer
in line with many ambitions that merely require the investment
of many thousands of hours
is being unable to discern
bad answers from good — not knowing how to know

next time maybe i will take a different tack and ask
well, are you interested in being a career bureaucrat?