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"Errors? Won't happen to me!"
One of my first jobs was to finish and maintain a program, that was made by a guy who had a real genius image among others. Years later, people said "oh him, that smart guy."
I never met him, but that's what i heard.
However, he was not only smart, but it seems he was also very confident. That's what i deduct from his code.
He didn't use catch-blocks. They were all empty. Not even logged.
If errors appeared , it was not possible to see what happened and where and why. The program would continue it's execution and if following steps could not work, because there had been an unnoticed exception, it would just throw another unnoticed exception and at some point, end in an undefined state.5
On my first dev job ever, I got sent to the client's office after studying CSS on my own for 2 weeks.
Client: "So, you're the great expert your manager told me about?"1
Well fuck me sideways with a rusty lamppost.
Got assigned to a project at work, kind of a biggie, my first actual large project. Been working there since last year, done a lot of research in my spare time and felt like I deserved it or something.
A few weeks ago I posted a rant about a fuckwit that can't even type 'ssh' in a terminal and doesn't know how a basic database system works.
Exactly that happened.
Because of his overconfidence and big mouth he got assigned to the project as well.
He planned a pitch. Stole my words.
He hasn't proven himself in any way and always needs help. Always. And I don't have a problem with people asking for help, I actually tell people not to be afraid to ask if they don't know something.
But I do have a problem with people laying back at work and asking 7 different people how to open a terminal.
Why does this happen? Just why?4
God damn dude, stop it with these probing questions! Making me all introspective and Shit...
To be honest, it's got to be myself. I am very bad at just learning something and sticking to it. I get bored easily but I also struggle to truly understand what I read/learn which is a terrible mixture.
I'm also extremely curious. This means I'll abandon a lot of things before fully completing them.
I'm bad at asking for help. Truly asking for help. I feel I should be the absolute best at everything I do and as arrogant and narcissistic as it is, I don't like asking for help even when I'm drowning. It's such a fucking terrible habit but it's been ingrained in me for as long as I can remember.
Another is, oddly, initial overconfidence. A long school career of excelling with little effort made it so I felt I could do absolutely anything without even trying. Boy was I wrong.
Oh, also, letting my mental health get in the way of Shit. It's a giant pain in the fucking ass and I hate it so fucking much but when you're constantly stressed and running on 5 hours sleep most days, the black dog comes running regularly.5
Overconfidence is striking again. Some companies are really begging for it... Found this cup in the kitchen of a client. And it is the slogan of an external contractor. It says: this network is unavailable for hackers. I think this is worth at least a triple facepalm1
I spend a lot of time researching things which means I go into big tasks with an inflated sense of confidence thinking I have everything figured out.
It always comes back and smacks me in my fucking face and I hate it so much. I'm a fucking junior trying to be a senior and I honestly have no fucking clue what I'm doing a lot of the time.