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Ten reasons programmers love their jobs

Programmers, cheers to the crazy ones and zeros!

Today is the 256th day of each year, the official day of all coders! We couldn’t write these lines if it weren’t for the clever programmers who created this platform, Bitdefender’s awesome products, the World Wide Web…you got the idea.

To give thanks to our programmers, we’ve asked one of our colleagues to share the joys of the craft and sprinkle it with nerd humor. Dan Vandachevici has been working as a software developer for Bitdefender since 2007. He started working with the Antispam and Cloud teams, and is currently engaged in a project called BOX Vulnerability Assessment.

Here’s why Dan loves his job and wouldn’t trade it for the world:

  1. Programming is a universal language. Most programmers master the most wide-spread language there is: stackoverflow. And people pay heavy cash for it, so stackoverflow is also the best paying language.
  2. Being a programmer comes natural. They say that, when you aren’t good at anything, you either become a programmer, or an actor. I wasn’t good at acting!
  3. You have a lot of freedom. As strange as it may sound, coders have flexibility when it comes to the infinite number of ways in which a program can be written to solve a problem.
  4. Programming is comfy. When I was young, a teacher in class said the best programmers are the laziest ones. I kind of misinterpreted that into “If you are lazy, you should be a programmer”. Best misinterpretation ever! Plus, if I program from home, I don’t have to wear pants.
  5. You never go alone for a drink. One of the jobs’ perks is that your friends are usually all programmers. Programmers get a bad rap for being socially awkward, but they are actually great at drinking games. Coincidentally, they often have access to your private and protected stuff.
  6. It’s cheaper to travel as a programmer. Programmers know how to surf the web, that’s why they rarely leave the office or couch.
  7. Programming is affordable. You can build something that people will start using immediately, and with very little resources. Nowadays, you can build a computer and support huge infrastructures and services for as low as $35. You don’t have to break a leg working in dangerous environments and nobody ever got a hernia from lifting a mouse.
  8. You get to talk like a programmer. Talking code and algorithms with someone impresses a lot of people. Non-programmer girls also really like programmer talk, it sounds smart.
  9. You are the boss of your PC. You can automate small, tedious tasks like renaming your 10k photos with one click. You are self-reliant and it’s all pretty empowering. After creating something with your bare hands, you have a deep sense of accomplishment.
  10. You make your own schedule. Forget the traditional 9-5 cubicle job, programming is flexible. Thank God! I’m not a morning person at all!

About the author

Alexandra GHEORGHE

Alexandra started writing about IT at the dawn of the decade - when an iPad was an eye-injury patch, we were minus Google+ and we all had Jobs. She has since wielded her background in PR and marketing communications to translate binary code to colorful stories that have been known to wear out readers' mouse scrolls. Alexandra is also a social media enthusiast who 'likes' only what she likes and LOLs only when she laughs out loud.