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I can’t really remember the first time I saw a computer.

I do remember though that “working on a computer” was the first thing that came to my mind when I was asked “What do you want to do when you grow up?”.

Years later, being both a grown up and a developer, I ask myself:

Now that you know, if you were a kid again, would you still want to be working on computers when you grew up?

Let’s see what a life for a developer means to me so far.

My friends

Some of my friends believe that:

  • when I do stuff on the computer, many windows with progress bars making strange alien movie sounds appear constantly
  • I smoke and drink coffee in front of at least two monitors till early morning moving my head like cats do when flies pass by
  • I can hack the whole universe, I just don’t do it because there’s no need

The others believe that:

  • I am an expert in printing email attached zip files
  • I am an expert in converting a scanned image to a Microsoft office document
  • I’m not good at my work because I don’t know how to set a formula in excel
  • even though they were asked by the store if they wanted the OS installed on their brand new laptop, I should be the one to install it

My family

My mother believes that:

  • it’s always a good time to call to ask from me to visit her friend with a new TV in order to program the channels
  • I can handle any device with buttons
  • I lie when I explain that the bug I was talking about is not a real one and that I should be cleaning the house more regularly

My older siblings believe that:

  • something went wrong and my parents should have stopped at them

Other developers

Other developers believe that:

  • the technologies I use suck unless they use them too
  • I understand them when they talk about all existing technologies, tech abbreviations and conferences
  • we should go for drinks at a regular basis otherwise we will all end up alone

Cats

My cat believes that:

  • my computer is her accessory and I can play with it only if I let her hunt the mouse pointer
  • nothing bad can happen when she steps on keyboard while I’m workingal;kdjfh;lkashkj

The truth

The truth is that being a developer is cool besides the fact that:

  • even though you think of yourself like Neo, sometimes you might be working for hours on aligning a div vertically in the middle of its container.
  • even though it’s called MySQL, sometimes it might not feel so “My”
  • even though you mkdir best_idea_ever on Saturday morning you end your weekend with sudo rm -rf ./best_idea_ever
  • it’s 2015 and the only thing that renders the same way to all browsers is the about:blank
  • you read this post to find code snippets

My news

I created an open source development tool named DuckRails for mocking API endpoints quickly and dynamically.

Version 2.1.2 is out and it is now possible to run the application via its docker image.

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