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The first batch of trainees calls me "Senpai" and it was passed down to "generations" of trainees, now three batches. Some of them eventually became team leaders and mentors themselves. Every time someone new arrives, they introduce me as that. Even years after I stopped working with them and joined a different company, they still call me that. It's almost like I don't have a name or calling me by name is disrespectful. Maybe they've just forgotten about my actual name after some time.16
- just do your job. Close this ticket already and go to the next one
- It's just a 1 minute job.. Don't build scripts for things that simple!
- Look, we don't have time to spare for coffee breaks. Stop wasting your time on scripting!
- netikras, the IST shift fucked things up again. I need you to do your magic and clear those alerts
- netikras, there are 20 tickets waiting to be investigated. Either your coleagues spend 2 hours on them or you do your magic in 2 minutes, as always..
- netikras, please share your scripts with your team
- netikras, I have nominated you for the Star Award for your script
- netikras, here's the star award and the financial prize. Those are nice swarovskies you've picked for your wife! Good choice!
- Since our team has lots of spare time now, I urge you all to attend X, Y and Z trainings. Trainings and Certification expenses are covered
A very similar scenario has just happened in 2 last workplaces of mine. In both cases I was the one to build the script despite my management's requests to stop wasting time and resources on them.
When I see what is wrong and take some actions to right those wrongs, when superiors build roadblocks for me claiming it's not worth it and in the end I still build my solutions and become the most efficient person/team in the whole department -- that right there is what boosts my ego to the sky and above!! It proves I am actually on the right track. It proves that I in fact have a better understanding than those who should have it.
It just makes me tick!
Looking for another adventure like that :) With more power to change things this time7
Just the point my programming teacher (Who has like 12 years in C) said that im just years ahead of her in programming and that i will be helping her teaching my classmates. I thought she was joking but she told other teachers the same about me and well somehow i got that at my school. But then our slovak teacher said to me that the teacher said to her when i began at school that i could already do the final test with the stuff i knew when i joined the school. (Pretty sure i would fail my mothers language test which im not sure i can do even now LOL)
Like that melted my heart.
Also yeah im helping the teacher at teaching C my classmates.
That really boosted my ego.5
Had to learn a new CSS framework in a few hours for a job interview / test.
Once I sent my code to them, they looked through it and told me it was amazing how quickly I could understand and learn how to use this new tool.
They hired me and today is my first day6
Me (as a Senior developer): How will you solve this problem using regular expression?
Junior developer: *Explains*
Junior developer: I truly feel like a programmer when I code regular expressions
Me: Now, we have two problems.26
As a senior developer, I introduced a bug in the hiring system at the company I worked at and it took HR nearly 2 years to fix it.
Bug: Every candidate I interview on Wednesday between 12:30 PM and 4:15 PM gets selected irrespective of performance.
Impact: 270 candidates got a job
1st Fix [1.5 years in]: Add multiple developers to conduct a single interview (still did not fix it completely after all I was a senior developer)
2nd Fix [2 years in]: Removed me from the hiring committee
3rd Fix [though was not needed but for HR's extra safety]: Started recording all interviews
It was a good time.4
When you review a PR from a senior dev, find something improvable, suggest it and the dev updates it accordingly.
The first time when this happened made me the luckiest guy. It's still rare, though.1
being told to lead a team of junior developers for a project when i was 18
i never had any formal CS education so i thought the management was joking, but a week after, i was called into a meeting with the junior developers and we were tasked with a project that needs to be completed within 4 months, with me as the lead
the project was successful and after that im occasionally given the task to lead a project every now and then
this happened a few years ago and its still the most confidence-boosting experience ever happened to me, the things i learned during those 4 months are still applicable to my career today15
oh many, not that I need them for my ego. Shit is large enough as it is, but four in particular:
Had two interns that told me that they had learn more from me in two weeks than they did from their progamming teachers the entire time they were in school, that I had a really good way of teaching and that I had restored their interest and faith in the world of software development.
My 60+ year old CTO that used to work in the financial sector as a developer way back in the day and then with heaven knows how many other tools tell me that I was on the top of his list for the best developers he has ever seen. Considering that I am 28 it meant a lot to me.
Also my previous manager currently living in a big city telling me that I completely outclass every other developer she works with over there.
My ex boss before working at my current institution telling one of our contractors that it was going to be damn near impossible to find a developer of my caliber. That I had set the bar far too high.
Shit is pretty cool man.22
The whole idea of development is ego boosting. The idea of turning thought into action by building something is very intoxicating. The power to create something from nothing. To be able to construct a world where everything in that world follows my rules of existence. Whether those objects be a database, or an NPC in a game. Development is literally the power of a god!
Some people say I have a god complex. Yes, of course I do, I am a software developer...6
The first program that was used at a company.
I wrote it on suggestion of my father to help with simplifying calculations for rental machines at his work and once finished it reduced time from start to finished report from 2-3 days down to 30 minutes, and corrections could be done in minutes instead of starting all over.
It also featured saving and loading old reports.
And for context, this was 1987 and excel did not exist and existing spreadsheets was not nearly as easy to use.6
My story about ego boost was when client came one day that they want some system that was prommised to him but guy who promissed him it forgotten about it.
Well, i quickly estimated things in head (i wasnt on meeting, was next to this room so i heared whats up), i pulled out my boss from meeting ("hey i need you urgently for sth") told him that i can make proof of concept to show him for next day (it was +-15) and sure enough, next day 10:00 first version that worked but was kindda rough around edges and with TON of technical debt was created. Than I told client that I just need a little bit more time to work on this as he can see it is here, it works, and it does what he needs, but it would be good to add some polish to it.
He bought my version and i saved company a client, that was lost becose some moron forgotten about him hah
Oh, yes, i got all i needed in return, day off and some extra $$
I once wrote a few really nice creative generic classes for an ASP.net project. Later, senior decided that we have to rewrite the whole thing, so he initialized a new project from a template and added my files in helpers/ as a starting point.2
When we had to implement urgently a small project estimated in two weeks. Took me an afternoon. 3 years later, still works, not even 1 bug.1
We'd just finished a refactor of the gRPC strategy. Upgraded all the containers and services to .Net core 3, pushed a number of perf changes to the base layer and a custom adaptive thread scheduler with a heuristic analyzer to adjust between various strategies.
Went from 1.7M requests/s on 4 cores and 8gb ram to almost 8M requests/s on the same, ended up having to split everything out distributed 2 core instances because we were bottlenecking against 10gb/e bandwidth in AWS.2
I built a fairly simple database and website to showcase school curriculum “reader” books searchable and sortable by levels of difficulty and other metadata. I didn’t think much of it when I was building it but apparently it won the company a few million bucks in revenues once it launched. The big wigs rewarded that by selecting me as one of a few folks that got to go to a big corporate retreat in the Bahamas. This was before the company management went to crap and stopped incentivizing innovations at the employee level.
For some project, I wrote this algoritem in Java to parse a lot of XML files and save data to database. It needs to have some tricks and optimisations to run in acceptable time. I did it and in average, it run for 8-10 minutes.
After I left company they got new guy. And he didn't know Java so they switched to PHP and rewrote the whole project. He did algorithm his way. After rewrite it run around 8 hours.
I was really proud of myself and shocked they consider it acceptable.4
Anything that allows me to forget my imposter syndrome for a few minutes.
- Coworker sending me a Slack message commenting on a function I sent him: "Dude this thing is awesome"
- Manager commenting on a data sync process I wrote: "I love that. Seriously."
- Myself finally solving a problem that had been eating my lunch all day: "In your face, computer!"
*Nervous student comes in for the first interview I am conducting as a developer*
Me (as an interviewer): What is best approach to search data?
Student: It will take linear time but if data is sorted, we can do it in logarithmic time.
Me: [Smiles] Take a hint Hash Map?
Student: Yes, with it, we can do it in constant time.
Me: Okay, Bloom Filter anytime?
Student: *sweating* noooo...
Me: Okay. I am a developer so I know this.
Student: *about to cry*
Me: No problem but why will you search data when there is no problem? Don't you have better work.
Student: *confused* yup
Me: *laughs but immediately controls* Take it lightly. You know what you need to do this job. You are HIRED. :)2
For me it's mostly ego boosting when my work and effort are validated and appreciated.
One time during the employee evaluation I got a very good feedback and a raise. Not much, but at least I didn't have to ask for it.
Our QA process consists of only manual testing so I started to implement unit tests for all the new projects I started on. Even though my boss is all in favour of improving our development process did he grumble a bit that it takes too long. But it did feel good when I told him that I managed to find a few bugs thanks to the unit tests that I wouldn't have anticipated otherwise. Now it's expected that all my code is unit tested.
I got a small boost when I gave my colleague an off-the-cuff mathematical proof for a challenge similar to AoC. It was targeted at schoolchildren and he did it separately to his kids. He was so impressed that he took a photo of the proof to show it to his kids.
When my shitty c# code actually fucking worked.
Even changing like, the most simplistic things with a mod for a game is an accomplishment.
I'm not sure if it is a dev experience, but definitely boosted my morale.
In 2014, my company (in India) sent me to attend a conference in Boston. The conference was about big data.
When I came back, I wrote a blog post about Apache Spark in my company's blog. Because of the blog, my name got mentioned in a prominent newspaper's article about Apache Spark.
PS: That is my only blog post till date
Erm not sure if this qualifies. Not so long ago I was tackled with having to read a device memory at a very high address in 32-bit linux process (kernel is 64). The 32-bit mmap is unfortunately limited to range of protected mode PAE so it just wouldnt reach that high. So! I wrote my own syscall in assembly that would switch to long mode first so I could use long registers and then I got my page and switched back :)
In retrospective not a big deal, but it made me really happy for the rest of the day when I saw that address in pmap :)1
In html/css class
no don't leave hold on
my teacher called me an advanced student for knowing that the different homework assignments we had all shared the same file structure, and that you could easily copy/paste html from last week's assignment into thos week's because the referenced stylesheets and content were all in the same place
i feel good but dirty
html is litterally where i started learning
Being able to teach others something they couldn't find online and seeing them get that aha moment.3
I was deploying a fix for a bug (for a hotly-anticipated feature) with a really strict time limit (there was literally a countdown clock). Our senior dev couldn't do it, and threw it out for the masses. I fixed it with about 1m30s left on the clock.
That felt pretty great.1
I learnt Java in 2 months from 0 (or 0.005), a year before going to college. (the full experience™️; not just String, while and sysoCtrl+space)
On "Data Structures and Algorithms" class, the teacher says something like "usually OOP takes like 2 years to learn completely".
Me in my mind: "Aaahh I'm so proud of myself. *selfhugs*"
Of course I knew the teacher was exaggerating but even if she doubled what she thinks, I still was in the cool range. B|3
So there is me, a junior who started half a year ago, my supervisor and a third guy who essentially run the hardware development department. The other dude just left for military service for 18 weeks. Which leaves me with his work. Running half the department as a junior...1
One time a has some task to optimize an images on mobile application so it can swipe on list without lags (to this time it works fine, there was microseconds lags, but it was my code and I don't like to leave like this). I takes me a long time trying a lot of solutions but everytime was the same. I leave this task because I thought it can't be done. Everyday I was thinking about it, one time I have even a dream about programing XD. One morning I wake up and it came to me, one simple solution (I think there was 2-3 lines of code to change). I go to computer and try it, it works, it was a weight off my mind. Of course I go to boss say now we have faster, better etc. and he also was happy :)1
'Every variable is a static constant once declared'
All variables in PuppetDSL, really hard to wrap the head around if you are 'used to' re-assign a variable a new value.5