الثلاثاء، 6 يونيو 2023

The Brogrammer Phenomenon

So geeks and nerds are known to be awkward specially geeks and programmers are geeks by nature because they are mostly introverts or because they just like to enjoy some solo activities quietly like reading a book or playing video games or maybe learning a new thing for work (yes private time is for learning in this career!) and so far it is ok and fun to be in such a position where you can find fellow geeks and enjoy the nice little thing productively.

Nowadays with the rise of big companies and the way they changing the world and affecting our lives people want some of what some called it "The Revenge of The Nerds", everyone wants the big money everyone wants to be cool and hip again and everybody wants to brag about the secret life of the nerds that people are wondering how it changed the world and how it is nicer than the way that the rest of the world is living. This wave of nerd winning brought us what I like to call the "Brogrammer Phenomenon".

Now companies wants a good PR, looking good will attract customers and will create a crowd of loyally blind people that want to be part of your movement (see Google and Facebook as a clear example) and that's what the nerds did with their companies in a way that drove people to crazy preparations to be part of the nerds and this is where it all started!

People started to talk about their journey to prepare for the interview and how some of them managed to get a job without a previous experience or a degree making it look so good even though it is just an entry level job or maybe just an internship, I'm not mocking their achievement but I don't the brag here which created a wave of people who want to talk about the Utopian life that everyone should have by having such a job and focus on how eat good, look good, and spend good leveraging the PR of the work life balance and the social media trends to get more audience.

Nowadays we don't have programmers we have BROGRAMMERS! People who focus on how to look and how programmers have a different mind and life where in fact these BROGRAMMERS are just copy cats who wants attention through social media and the misery of others who are watching them and guess what? they are toxic to work with because they spend time talking about nonsense and being lame and fill everything with jargons they don't even understand to impress the naive people around.

Trust me when it comes to hard work these people would fail and their videos about cool features in VS Code or the hottest new framework won't get them anywhere so please focus on being a PROGRAMMER not a BROGRAMMER.

Note: this is a criticism to the toxic actions by everyone following the paradigm and not to be confused with the "Brogrammer Culture" in the US where people mix programming with activities like drinking and chasing women or even being sexist!.

السبت، 27 مايو 2023

It's all about perspective

There is a quote by Tupac Shakur that I find really inspiring, it says "Just because you lost me as a friend, doesn't mean you gained me as an enemy. I'm bigger then that, I still wanna see you eat, just not at my table".

Such words are strong because people change but that doesn't mean they become bad! Your perception of them is short and that's why you think they are bad though they become better and bigger.

I like this way as it shows how people grow in silence and surprise others while these days people calling this as passive aggressive encouraging people to be toxic by not trusting anyone and make trouble instead of minding their own business somewhere else!

It's all about perspective my friend, all about perspective!

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الخميس، 25 مايو 2023

The "Family" Developer

 Many of you, if not all, know about the Fast and Furious movies and the cliche of the family where it become a world wide meme where people make fun of Dom Torreto character and the family thing.

Now as a software engineer I can see Dom almost everywhere in my career, you know that guy who always underestimate the work and when he gets in trouble he start asking for help saying words like "come on man it won't take 5 mins to deploy forget about testing" in a downplay tone thinking he's your friend so it's ok to do that since it's logical to him and he deserves to be covered up to look good in front of others. Will this guy is the "Family" developer.

Now such developers makes our life harder, why? Will you will say because they are not smart which is not right as some of them is aware he is wrong and kinda knows the right action so it's not about being smart. So what is? It's their disrespect to other's work and to the engineering culture inside the team and to the global community, I'm not trying here to over complicate things but trying to make things faster by downplaying others work and allow a path to mess things up is not ok and even if you have to you need to discuss your opinion with the other side and put a plan to avoid such things as much as you can (unless you have a bad management/business team then good luck lol).

At the end software engineers needs to be both exact and creative not reckless and oblivious like a mechanic so try to be that and stop missing around!

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