Programming Sucks – Peter Welch

I spend a lot of time on the Internet, its part of my job. I look after servers, write software and do all kinds of ‘Internet things’ for work, play and just plain curiosity. Today a good friend of mine linked me to this piece written by Peter Welch called Programming Sucks. For anyone that’s in the world of programming  you will be able to relate to pretty much everything that’s written. It is so true! For all those out there that aren’t programmers but want to have an idea of the difficulty of our jobs, give this a read. Just because we aren’t shovelling dirt from one side of a field to another doesn’t mean we don’t work hard.

Here’s a quote from it that had me chuckle as I have this issue trying to explain my job to people all the time.

Most people don’t even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn’t make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants

It turns out Peter also wrote a book called “And then I thought I was a fish” that you can pick up on Amazon for cheap on the Kindle version. I’ve added it to my reading list and will report back when I’ve given it a read. It appears this book was a Kickstarter project too!