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What do your friends and family think software development is like?

Ben Halpern on April 29, 2022

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Shubhendra Singh Chauhan

@ben I don't think I can ever give more appropriate answer than this 👇😃
mylife

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JoelBonetR

That's worryingly accurate 🙃😂😂

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notsoavailablemako

sad life

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Raksit vaja

😂😂😂 forget all things just focus on making GIF's

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Gass

hahahaha! this is freaking hilarious!

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Aileen Rae

In general my family think I "work with computers" so I'm the go-to for fixing WiFi routers, changing mobile phone settings, updating computers, etc.

I try to tell them this is not a web developer's job, but since I am a bit more technically proficient than them and I can find the solutions via Google they remain unconvinced.

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jonah-butler

exactly, the fam knows you're a software developer and suddenly we are the Geek Squad too.

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Mahmoud Harmouch

One picture that sums it all up:
software engineer

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Alhassan Kamil

Most of them have no clue what I do. Some be like: "wow, you're really patient arranging those words in such a nice way". When they come closer, then they'll begin to complain: "mmm, they're not even meaningful words; you just like typing on your laptop".

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Bruno

They think it's more about "math" than it really is.

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Eelco Verbrugge

So true, but what is it really about according to you?

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Constantin

Logic and abstraction

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Lou Willoughby

My parents and partner have no idea what I do, my partner really tries to understand but when I show them something I’m really excited about they just look at me like 👀👀

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Chris Greening

Man with mullet and old glasses with text that says Hackerman

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Tawhid

That's a classic!

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Chris Greening

System.out.println("Time Hacked successfully.");

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Stephanie Handsteiner

They think I'm an entire IT department and can fix all of their IT related problems.

I mean, I do fix their problems, but most of the time, I just do what I always do (aside from moving rectangles around to make a coherent UI of them): I professionally Google the answer. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Tawhid

Just four words:
black magic &&
Tech Support

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jonah-butler

and google

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Meir Gabay

That I work in the Matrix

Especially when they see the terminal running some npm install or cmake .. Those 483648 lines of output do the trick

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Tawhid

and mine is when they see me do sudo apt-get update with zsh and powerlevel10k

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Doug Schwartz

Don't forget they wonder if you hack into the CIA, NSA, FBI web sites.

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Brad

"can you fix my printer?"

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Thomas Hansen

Classic ^_^

I typically avoid such questions by informing them about the following ...

Fix your printer? I don't know how to create bold characters in Word!!

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Jean-Michel Plourde

They do know I do software development on different projects and that it's complicated, but otherwise they don't understand. When they ask about what I do, I mainly explai what kind of project I work on which is mostly work for various startups. I have friends that are software engineer, computer engineer and robotics engineer that do understand what I do and it's always a pleasure to finally have people to talk about it with.

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Jackson Kasi

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Gass

hahahahaha! great stuff.. felt super identified when he was watching the video

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Jackson Kasi

😆😆😂

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Tobias Nickel

"ohh, you can get a job everywhere, they are looking everywhere for programmers".

because they can not understand how deversly different these joblistings are.

i don't know ML, i dont know java, i don't know ...

i wonder how difficult companies make it for themselfes, using too many tools and expecting candidates to know all of them.

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Sarah Bartley

My mom thinks software development is fixing things on Microsoft Word.

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Tawhid

my dad thinks that!

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David Dal Busco

One of my friend says that "I get paid to piss code"

He's not wrong

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Adam Crockett

my girlfriend tells me standups are too long which is quite amuzing, but this is customer standups mind you. Her accuracy knows no bounds :)

She also hates when I write formulas on her spredsheets even if they are great and helpful

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Simon Egersand 🎈

This is a good question! When I explain what I do I usually say something like "I do coding, sometimes, but mostly I talk to people".

This is of course different depending on what role, type of company and seniority you have. I say code is merely a tool to solve real life problems but that seldom converts into an actual understanding on their side.

Usually they quickly change the subject after this 😂 and I don't blame them!

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Nathan Hedglin

For the longest time they thought I fixed computers. I tried to explain the difference between me and it is like the difference between the engineer that designs your car and the mechanic that fixes it.

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TuWang

Almost every phone call with my mom: "your job requires you sitting there all day - so you'll have reading problem & back problem - poor you".

Me: these can happen to literally every office job. lol

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sudarshan

they think my job is to only stare at my 27-inch monitor whole day and sometimes say "yes" while wearing headphones.

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Areskul

It's like playing video games, but with the keyboard and you're the only one who enjoy it

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Panagiotis Giannitsaros

They think that it is accomplished using a graphic editor (like figma). Even if some of them know the existence of programming languages (from a past time they graduated from a university) they think that this is no longer necessary, nowadays you just need an app builder.

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Chadwin Deysel

Wizardry

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José Aponte

They think it's magic!

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Diego (Relatable Code)

They think its tapping away at a keyboard like a TV hacker.

That or I fix printers.

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Muhammad Harith Zainudin
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Ishaan Sheikh • Edited on

They probably think I read emails, attend calls and just type on my computer.

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Bioleg • Edited on

They think that I’m hacking something especially when I’m working on a new project and there is an old project new project and few windows of vs code 😂

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huhu08

The one who fixes laptops and iphones

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Sandor Dargo

They think that I'm getting paid for sitting there and listening to other people at endless meetings.

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Edwin Mak

Back a few years ago, my father asked me if my job was "just pushing buttons all day". You know he isn't wrong lol.

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Kevin R • Edited on

I'm just an advanced version of my father (retired Computer Technician). Unless it's relevant to them.

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Prathmesh

typing on keyboard

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Bishwas Bhandari

I guess, they understand what I do!

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Zenel Bobi

Fixing PCs

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NLxDoDge

Selling: "baked air"

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Brian M.

"He works on the internet".

"I draw really tiny colored squares, millions of them"