I learned developing software also as a lateral recruit, but I didn't sacrifice so many hours ... for what? If this is the American Dream I don't want it. If refuse a life where work is the only important thing. Developing software is a real cool job and I love it, but I cannot imagine becoming old continuing to develop software my entire life. There is so much more.
Beside of this, I regard programming only a tool, a means to an end.
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