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Comment: Re:Pick a different job. (Score 2) 548

by pigiron (#47722941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

"Programming isn't a profession like law or medicine. It's a skilled trade like plumbing, masonry, or electrical work."

I worked under the impression that it would be something akin to being a skilled tool & die maker when I learned to code Fortran, circa 1973, for an upper division class for statistical analysis of econ data. I was subsequently proved right when I started working professionally as a financial analyst in 1980 using Fortran, SAS, and an early relational database management system.

I made a ton more money in my career than any tool & die maker ever did though I moved around a lot like a professional welder might.

As for the OP's original question, my first big mistake was not modularizing my early long Fortran programs into subroutines. Fave languages are fully functional interpreters with dynamic typing and code that in itself can create immediately executable code like a LISP 1. PS - HTML are really just a special case of S-expressions and rows in relational normalized tables map pretty easily to lists too.

Comment: Re:Pay versus billing rate. (Score 1) 234

by pigiron (#47162323) Attached to: Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

When did I ever say I was underpaid? I billed directly for years. Had to go through an intermediary once though. Since I was the one who found the position but the government agency with the work required that I bill through a third party I paid them 5% of the actual billing rate. 1099 right to my S-corp just like I was billing directly.

Comment: Re:Nativism (Score 2) 234

by pigiron (#47160407) Attached to: Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I've heard it all before and it's really wearing thin. Thankfully most real Americans don't pay any attention to the alleged slur anymore despite its repetition at increasingly higher levels of hysteria. You can only cry wolf so many times. Oops, so sorry, that's no doubt a culturally biased reference! LOL

BTW, Asians are among the most racist and class conscious people on earth. The Japanese-Negro inter-racial marriage rate is approximately zero.

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