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Sudarshan Gaikaiwari
Sudarshan Gaikaiwari

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We are programmers, not typists [expletive deleted]

In a very memorable episode from the original Narcos, there is a scene where Pablo Escobar's cousin - Gustavo is captured by the police and tortured. When he is asked for the location of Pablo, he replies - "I am a bandit, not a snitch".

Identity is one of the strongest human motivations. As in the case of Gustavo, once he identified himself as a bandit, no amount of torture could have extracted any information from him.

I had been working as a software developer for a very long time before I changed my perspective and decided to identify myself as a programmer. Once I did that, I found that I approached problems differently than I would previously.

Here is an example.
I work with a VueJs frontend which accesses a bunch of microservices. To access these services we use a proxyTable like so

Top comments (3)

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Simon Shine

It feels like this blog post is missing a punchline...

It never reaches the point made in the title.

Also, is a typist someone who types or someone who uses type theory?

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Matthew J.

My thoughts exactly lol

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Alain Van Hout

Or someone who biasedly judges objects based on their type alone? :)