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    • Writing something Perl-ish, which does not look like any other language, it is not often I do this, but once in a while I do something Perl and I sense joy and happiness
  • I like it because, when I talk to them, the electrons talk back. In real life, people don't talk back. I am a teacher.

    Programming is therapy for me, reassuring me that I am not completely incompetent.

    What I wouldn't like about being a programmer for a living is interacting with users. Going out to install an application on a user's machine, for example. What a terrible level of interaction with other people. What terrible interpersonal relationships.

    I think I'll stick to teaching.
    • Well users are not as bad as the rumours say.

      The interesting thing about working with users is that it can sometimes get you to interact with the electrons in ways you would never have thought of yourself.

      Much like one of the other side effects of working like working with fellow programmers, you can make one plus one give three.

      The therapeutic feeling you describe is familiar to me and there is nothing like being alone with the electrons, but believe me that expanding this sphere can be very therapeutic as