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Discussion on: What were (or are) your initial thoughts about the technology/software development industry?

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Anna Rankin

I grew up with a software engineer for a dad, but only personally began pursuing programming several years ago. Because he worked for himself from home for most of my life, I assumed than programming was a much more solitary pursuit that I find it to be (I never saw the email lists/chats he was involved in, and dismissed his meetups with peers as "nerd conventions"). I though there was only one way to be a programmer; I also assumed you had to be ridiculously mathematically smart, speak/read binary, and understand a lot more about hardware than I've needed to.

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Laura Weatherhead Author

Haha - quite similar to me. My Dad was a software engineer and even now in his 70s will occasionally try to grapple with jQuery or C# or some fad that's floating around. I think when you love code, jobs may change but that love never really goes away :)

also assumed you had to be ridiculously mathematically smart, speak/read binary

I really enjoy the mental picture this paints of a development stand-ups!! I mean, I think it might sound barely more comprehensible at times haha