When you ask a programmer what they do for a living, they will proudly say “Programmer”. To a programmer, being a professional programmer is the ultimate accomplishment.
This sense of pride is usually met with confusion from a non programmer. To a non programmer, being a programmer is the same as being an accountant. Hollywood has shown that programmers work from a desk cluttered with Code Red Moutain Dew and multiple keyboards. Maybe even some goofy glasses and a pocket protector.
The truth is programmers are just normal people with a gift for using special characters on the single keyboard. That’s right just one, they may have multiple computers working together but are resourceful enough to connect one keyboard to run them all.
So then why are Programmers so proud of being programmers? Programming is pure creation. You begin with a blank screen. A few thousand key strokes later, you have created a beautiful, functional, piece of digital art which make the world a better place. You get to play THESIS for a living.
Programmers have a secret club called Open Source. Open Source allows worldwide programmers to work together on code which is given to the world for free. Just like owning a motorcycle or scuba diving, being a programmer automatically gives you access to the exclusive club.
Next time you see a programmers eyes light up with pride, you will know they are proud of trying to make the world a better place.