Old Dog New Tricks
This was supposed to be a blog that was mostly about writing – only I haven’t written anything recently, nothing in English, that is. At work I write computer programs but the switch from iSeries RPG to web front-end C# with Sequel Server has resulted in me coming home feeling utterly mind-fucked; my head a cage-full of monkeys as the ideas of the fiction I might write come and go amidst the frustration of knowing exactly what the system I am working on is supposed to be doing, but not having the language skills to make it happen. Then the nights are full of mind-loop dreams of unsolved and surreal problems that I would never get to the bottom of, if I tried all night, because they do not exist! And there is the nuisance of Christmas approaching.
I don’t really have the aptitude for C#. I believe it was created by a bunch of … gents who were concerned that higher level languages were a threat; opening the IT doors to none-IT staff. Unfortunately, it has also closed doors for some veteran programmers, and I thought I was going to be one of them.
The transition from ‘top down’ to ‘object oriented’ programming has not been sudden. The system I had worked on for hundreds of years was decommissioned some time ago and I expected to go out with it. I was glad to be kept on but the deadlines for the latest project were particularly tight and I found I was doing extra hours at home, weekends and evenings, in order to just about keep up. I am lucky enough to work with a small team guys who are not only technically brilliant but good friends too, and supportive – but I am determined I will not be carried by them.
I am picking up the new skills, slowly. If you throw enough mud at a wall some of it will stick, but all the mud that has hit and slid away has been depleting, and all I have done in my spare time is easy-reading and nosying on friends’ Facebooks. I am tentatively confident that this is about to change so that work can stay at the office and I can put some disciplined thought and time into another writing project.
Keep warm, and try not to get too muddy 😉