It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day – when the majority of the nation is preparing once again to hit record-breaking levels of soppy and declare their love for their Valentines by buying bouquets of roses, sparkly jewellery & expensive watches. While this does still apply to many in the tech sector, some developers may have different priorities for Valentine’s Day! Read on to discover some of the reasons why people fall in love with a career in coding…
Coders love to code! It is, and always will be, their number one passion! Here are some reasons why…
- Being an app developer allows you to work with some really cool technologies at the time of their creation! Imagine knowing about the next ground-breaking technology project – and even working on it before the world even knows it’s possible! Staying ahead of the game and shaping the future of technology is one of the main reasons ‘Swarmers’ love doing what they do!
- As a developer, you face new and exciting challenges every day. Pushing the limits of your creative and logical thinking is one of the things that drives developers’ passion for coding. Coming up with new ideas and bouncing them off other creative minds within the team is how apps are born! We’ve yet to see how a rose and a 4-line limerick can achieve such greatness!
- There are not many professions in the world where anything is possible. You can see your work come alive in front of you and something that started as a wild idea in somebody’s imagination (where some should really stay 😉 ) – becomes a reality. Your code can not only make a difference to the company you work for, or for the customer who’s requested the app, but in many cases the code that you write can make a real difference to people’s lives.
- Oh, and at Swarm, we always practice safe coding…. 🙂
These are just some of the reasons that developers love doing what they do! So if you are dating a developer currently, don’t be disappointed if they spend 90% of the time staring in to their computer’s eyes and only 10% staring into yours! If your job made all of this possible – you’d be exactly the same! And if you’re a coder yourself, just imagine how efficient you’ll both be spending the same 10% of the time staring at each other!
If you are going on a date with a developer this Valentine’s Day and you’re new to this world, here are some exclusive tips from the Swarm team!
Dos and Don’ts for dating a developer this Valentine’s Day…
Do be prepared for abbreviations and terminology that you have never heard of before just casually being dropped into conversation – as if they make perfect sense! TLA’s rule AOK
Don’t overdress! Whether you’re going to the cinema or out for a fancy dinner… You can guarantee that your programmer will arrive in one of their trusty checked shirts and jeans! Jokes about gingham tablecloths will either be cached for later processing or dropped entirely from the queue.
Do be patient! You may lose your other half to ‘the code’. Developers can easily lose hours debugging code so if they say they’ll meet you in 1 hour this usually means 5 hours. Be wary of coders that do turn up on time.. they might not be practicing safe coding!
Don’t expect them to respond to messages straight away. Some developers are known to queue up conversations, so you might bring up a subject and get a response 10 minutes later. You may have moved on, but they are processing requests in an order of importance…don’t be offended.
Don’t get annoyed when all methods of communication fail other than sending gifs and memes (see @Swarmdevs on Twitter), you could always create a Jira board to give you an increased chance of timely communications.