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  • by robb_pdx (7939) on 2007.06.02 14:57 (#55402)

    I know what you mean. I've been programming for maybe 15 years. I've come to the same decision as you, but for slightly different reasons.

    For sure, the nature of the job - staying indoors, at your desk for long hours in front of the computer; and with other people doing the same (!) has never been very comfortable for me.

    I've always had the optimistic dream of working in a development team where we all have shared values, goals and working styles, but it's never happened. Currently I'm at a job that's a very respectful environment, where I have the opportunity to expand myself, and where we're all playing on the same team... but I'm earning about 50% of the local market salary.

    Thinking back about my past few positions, I realize that - although each was able to sell themselves as amazing places - each had some "fatal flaw" that eventually drove me out. I'm sure that others might have been able to not be so bothered:

    * A shop doing all Python+Zope development. But nothing was documented, and all coding was "by convention". Most people who had written the code were not emplolyed there anymore, etc.

    * A contract position, where another contractor actually took the time to "un-refactor" my code, stripping out all comments, and combining several classed into one big subroutine. Management was too wimpy to take him up on a technical issue like this. etc.

    So now I've been accepted to law school, and deciding between that path and CS grad school. I lean towards law school on the days that I'm totally disillusioned with the IT world, and want a fresh, challenging career. I lean towards grad school on those other days that my naive optimism is burning hotter, dreaming of working on a cutting edge team researching and developing amazing things that people will actually use...