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What Are the Biggest Misconceptions about Your Work?

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Jean-Michel (jmfayard.dev)

A very common myth among people who don't understand programming is that it's a job for guys that are good at math.

I ask them that if what matters is to be good at maths,
since girls clearly outpace boys at school,
why isn't there a majority of devs that are women ?

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Matt Ellen

The same question, though, can be asked about gender ratio for professional mathematicians vs how good girls are at maths at school.

This doesn't demonstrate that you don't need to be good at maths, but that there's a lot of sexism.

I'm not good at maths though, so...

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Jean-Michel (jmfayard.dev)

Lots of sexism and even more dumb marketing.

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Thibaut Andrieu

Developper's job is writing code.

Developper's job is not about writing code. Developper's job is about understanding and formalizing problems, so it can be solved using existing solutions.

To respond to @jmfayard , I think people that are good at math are good at creating abstractions and formalizing problem. The misconception is what does it mean to be good at math.

As Poincaré said:

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.

Which is actually very close to what we do as developers.

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Grace Icay

A lot of people assume that testing is an easy job and it's for people who were not successful in becoming devs. I've even heard others go as far to say that QA testers are just dumb and only press buttons all day. :/

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Alain D'Ettorre

People think programmers mostly do the same work. In reality, it's very asymmetrical, as in "a few people do most of the work and most people do almost nothing"

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Renan Ferro

That doesn't get tired 🤣

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Edenn Touitou

It's not because you are a programmer that you know how to make a printer work

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Tech Mind

programming are for the epeople who have degree in IT.