I went to a programmers Meetup last night. Oh Boy! What an eye-opener that was!
I was the oldest in the room and the only woman. Typical to what I was thinking about the industry.
Any women out there who like to code?????
Are there ANY women who like to code?
Come on, ladies, let’s show them what we are made of!
The other thing was that most of the attendees were backend or full-stack developers/programmers. There were 2 other people doing front-end or website work like I do. Naturally, the presentation was more technical than not. It was interesting but seemed like a lot of double-work up front to make the computer do your work on a daily basis. I guess that’s one way to do it. Component-driven programming.
That’s how Windows was developed.
I remember when it was DOS and menus where you had to input a key sequence followed by the “enter” key to make the computer work. No mouse point-and-click stuff. But, I’m old-school. And yes, we had components. We had Accounts Receivable in one program, Accounts Payable in another program, and Payroll in a third program. Each was a “module” that was created from a framework especially for each client as they ordered it. The framework was our programming module.
The meeting spurred me to build out my profiles on Remote and Upwork so I might attract more clients.
At first, I was pretty downhearted. I was comparing myself to these fellows and found myself wanting. Typical “less-than” thinking. I quickly realized that I’m unique in my own set of specialty-concentrations, and turned that around. I’m not them. I’m me.
It’s up to me how I want to be perceived.
It’s up to me how I want to be treated.
I’m treating myself better and I’m perceiving myself differently.
How was your day?