A Week in the Life of a Newly Minted Programmer

Since I really don’t have time to chase news or write an opinion piece I guess I might as well as write a diary. Last week I started my new job as a programmer. I’ve still got some time before my official project starts so I’m basically on my own looking up APIs and polishing skills. It’s pretty much everything I was doing as a hobby only getting paid. The thing is when you’re surrounded by other programmers it’s a whole different experience because you’re more focused (no goofing around on the internet) and so are others. It’s funny how being in the same room can have such an effect.

The company is an interesting company in that the development division is being bulked up to do in-house development. Right now the main source of revenue is reselling blog licenses with original design and SEO thrown in. We actually have a large sales department cold-calling people to sell companies blogging software. I actually like this because the sales people all wear sharp suits and are always cheerful while the IT department is laid back as can be. The IT department is also full of a bunch of people new to programming in general which is cool (because they’re willing to take a chance on me) but worrying a bit at the same time.

The thing is after staring at a computer and coding as much as I can for more than 8 hours a day, I really can’t use my mac the same way I used to. I suppose that will change once I get used to it but until then, I’m going to be on a light blogging diet. Might try to sneak in a couple posts here and there but it’s kind of hard seeing how we have an open floor plan and I use a medium-sized Apple Cinema Display.

However, I still want to work on that personal project I’ve never got the chance to polish up (only gotten started) and a bunch of other things. For now I unwind on Tetris DS by playing the world via wi-fi.