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I was talking with one of the people I am currently contracting with about the weird nature of our profession.  I taught myself most of what I know, reading books, watching demos and tutorials, attending free Microsoft events like the upcoming Code CampII, and taken a few community college classes here and there.  How many other respectable professions can you do that with?  Can you teach yourself accounting or veterinary medicine at home?  Come here Willis, I want to try to neuter you!(Willis is one of our cats, not children). 

There are not too many other professions that I know of where the person will actually spend 8, 9, 10 or more hours working with something, fight a nasty commute, and sit down at home and spend another 3, 4, 5 or more hours doing THE SAME THING.  I wonder why that is?  What makes a geek a geek?  Why is it (seemingly) just us? 

The only other difference I notice with our kind is the amazing community support.  Blogs, free events, mentoring and the like make this life fun and easier, if you're into it. Do accountants get to play with beta version of the next Peachtree or MAS90?  Do most of the accountants in that community have access to all the rich resources that blogs, MSDN and other great websites offer? 

If you're out there and you're reading this, thank you. 

 If you've linked to this or passed it on another way thank you. 

If you give up a weekend to teach geeks for free like Thom Robbins and Patrick Hynds do at Code Camps, THANK YOU. 

If you stay up waaayyy too late on Thursday nights and host or speak on DotNetRocks, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU . 

If you write a blog that has at least taught one person one thing, thank you. 

If participate and contribute anything to this community, thank you.  This is a great community and a great profession, and a great BUNCH OF GEEKS. 

Everyone keep up the great work!  Thanks again, Dan K

Posted on Friday, July 30, 2004 10:57 PM | Back to top

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If you send Carl Franklin a bottle of 25-year old McCallan single malt.... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
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I've been a computer hobbyist since the introduction of the S-100 bus; finally got my degree almost two years ago; and got my first developer job for almost a year now; and actually get paid as a programmer, .
I'm a C programmer and new to the dotNet arena!
I've been trying to learn dotNet/C# stuff for over a year; got the C# syntax down but was missing the BIG picture; and couldn't figure where to start.
Late last April, quite by accident, I found free Microsoft seminars on the web and have been attending every event I can get my hands on.
I've learnt more in the past 3 - 4 months than I have trying to on my own for the previous year.
I've even traveled a fur piece for some events (Albany, NY for VB World Tour, didn't hurt there was a Long Johnsilvers close by, these New Englandar's think hushpuppies are something to wear) because I thought it was worth the travel.
I've also joined four user groups which promote learning more stuff.
I got frazzled at Saturday’s Code Camp, but still came back for more on Sunday.
I spend my Monday morning checking weblogs, blogs, seminar instructors sites, and Microsoft events search engine to ensure I get a seat on upcoming events.
I’m becoming a product of these free events, which is a good thing.

Yes. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all those who give of their time to help people like me started and heading in the right direction.
Thank you,
Richard Green
P.S. I thought that once I got a full-time position as a developer my at home coding would decrease; like a carpenter or a plumber, who are too tired from work to bother using their profession at home. But, it has escalated. I code more now than ever. But I’m glad to see that it’s not something that I should worry about.
Left by Richard Green on Aug 05, 2004 11:30 AM

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