Burning out after a few years programming ?
Is it a normal thing to "burn out" after 2 decade spent programming.
I'm the young one and do LOVE writing code and, right, don't see myself doing anything else ..
I love doing what I'm doing, and can't think of myself doing anything else.
I have been coding for a living for 14 years now. I cant see myself doing anything else. I love it. Im 34.
Anyone who loves coding after 10+ years (or in their 30's) probably doesnt have a family. coding is hard, you must not only work long god damn hours, but you must kkkep up on your OWN time, often. this means HUGE sacrifices outside work,. ie: no wife, no family. coding is fine for young people w/o families, but yea, plan on it, you WILL be burnt out,,once you decide to want more out of life than coding. b/c to be an up to date coder, you must devote 24/7, not some 1/2 ass 9-5'er....beware, coding is NOT a long term profession for most people, only select middle aged freaks and outcasts
Mileage varies. I know plenty of people still writing code in their 30s, 40s, and beyond (a quick peek at the various age topics on this board will show you many of them hang out here). Some of us even have families. I would take offense at you dismissing older coders as freaks and outcasts, except that you're probably some snot-nosed kid who doesn't know any better.
I think a very good read on this is: http://www.paulgraham.com/vanlfsp.html
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