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A Real Programmer Waves Politely From The Wilderness

Even if you’re looking it’s hard to see them.

By Aesh M. Daeva

Ask yourself. As the commercial internet reaches maturity has your bottom line grown with it? Did you find that illusive genie in the digital bottle?

Have online sales really paid off better than classic retail strategies such as radio or local event participation? Has avoiding the nuts and bolts of capitalism (and the true joy of building a business for real) in favour of outsourced services paid off as you'd hoped?

I dare say, technology development has largely fueled this phenomenon by typically operating under the premise that it WOULD simply by "having gone through the process" and when it fails it's your stupid idea. Easier to grind out another content management system or another file server. Another Frankensteinian concoction with the appropriate logos.

Code that carries someone else's name, is someone else's code and refusing to acknowledge that is to steal credit for work that other people did.

I certainly don't find many kindred spirits among today's class of so called professional technologists and programmers. Very little ambition and almost no imagination; mostly just exploitation absent innovation. Minding the margins like clever black jack players convinced they've figured out a system.

I'm sorry that so many technologists seem well described as prostrating, click bait worshiping, sycophants who couldn't program FizzBang let alone a 60+ fps, audio enhanced, texture free, physics sandbox used for creating the most amazing user experiences. How many programmers today even write the whole program, let alone design, document, produce, package, market, and distribute it. *clears throat*

And it's not like there are many good examples to look up to any more. Most "senior developers" won't face the judgement of the markets on their own brand and yet I've never met a nerd that doesn't rage at the mere implication that their code isn't amazing. Code that carries someone else's name, is someone else's code and refusing to acknowledge that is to steal credit for work that other people did.

I see programmers eating their own all the time, too worried about ego, ready to ridicule the smallest deviation as "non-standard". Mistaking quality for opinion. Choosing to express shit eating grins and parrotic laughter to form a social shame protection against challenge that might reveal the dark truth they almost certainly feel deep inside. The creeping knowledge that years of compromise has left them weak and scared.

Unable or unwilling to make anything new, they can't produce a single original idea of their own. Trapped repeating the "I love programming" mantra; chasing the illusion someone sold them from behind the safety of their integrated development environment.

When too many programmers make too many compromises quality decreases. Common expectations of the audience are lowered along with perceived value and asking price. This means sustainable models for innovative companies to operate under disappear as volume demands increase at the whims of some distant third party. Ultimately a handful of well networked companies will rule it all. I hope I don't have to explain why that's a bad thing?!

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