Working as a developer doesn't mean you're smashing keys on your keyboard for 8 hours straight.

It's thinking, learning, experimenting, communicating, reading, trying, exploring, scribbling, and probably a dozen other things. Then, for just a couple minutes each day, you actually type some code.



Back in the 1980s, when I was coding COBOL, JCL and IBM 390 assembler, my grandmother asked me what it was I actually did.

After getting nowhere trying to explain programs and compilers I finally just said, "Basically I sit and think. Sometimes I get up and walk around and think. Then I type like a madman for a while. And then I think some more. And finally I fill out some paperwork explaining what I did."

She replied, "They pay you for that?"

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