What's Your Job IRL?

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  1. Syzygy

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    Yes, it's the I need a function to do X…let me look for a library to do that mindset, versus just writing the necessary 30 lines of code to do it yourself.

    Edit: …often the real reason that software wants 300MB of memory (or more) to run in.
     
  2. Thad E Ginathom

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    I was never a programmer, and I admire the skills. Don't think I ever wrote anything longer than a couple of hundred lines.

    I was a systems manager, and I thoroughly enjoyed the unix shell, vi editor, ex, sed, and all that stuff. When I was a newbie, the accounts system I had been given to manage had an upset with its data. I worked with the package supplier to identify and fix the necessary records and ensure they didn't get imported twice. That, more than anything, was the start of my then-new career. The book, The AWK Programming Language, is less than 200 pages long: it played a bigger part in earning my living over the next decade than any other.

    The neatest thing I did was to write a programme that wrote a programme. I'd heard of that being a neat concept, and then the day came. It was a chart-of-accounts redesign/rewrite that required all the existing records being shifted to other accounts, and not on a simple one-to-one basis. One way or another, it was going to be a hell of a lot of if statements (pattern matches in AWK). Nor was it such a vast thing that the runtime really, really mattered. But it offended me... so I rewrote it as a programme that nested the various "ifs" and output the optimised program. A young colleague who left us and rose in the ranks of consultancy in one of the Big Names, told me later that he always remembered that program, and yes, I had actually done something clever. I was just having fun!

    # this is about comments...

    I always commented my code liberally.

    # ...because they help stuff to make sense

    (and I always was a bit of a leftie anyway)
     
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    I'll chime in.

    I work as a scientist, where I design & build sensors that detect and manipulate magnetic/electric fields. Working happily in industry, after discovering the potential perils of the academic path post PhD and pre-professorship (the "postdoc" trap and the over-saturated academic market that sadly enables it). It's unavoidable in any area of life, but after seeing the sheer amount of provincialism and useless dispute among the professoriate at my particular university, it cemented my interest in more practical applications of science and engineering.

    I'm essentially on my first career (finished my dissertation four years ago, got my first job just before my defense), but enjoying the practical application of advanced nanotechnology to address real problems. I spend about 30% of my time at the bench, 50% of my time in simulation/design world, and the rest is analysis/blue-sky work.

    Of course, about 50% of all that is soundtracked/enabled by some sort of personal audio, and is the reason I decided to wander into this website in the first place.

    Cheers!
     
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    Heh - academia, where the battles are so bitter because the prizes are so small. Yep, been there...
     
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    If I were clever enough, I wouldn't have had to click the link!

    It's not an expression that I have used much, but... add my name to those who didn't really understand it anyway.
     
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