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Programming: It's about how interested you are.

Had this tweet show up in my feed this morning and I think it's worth an explicit mention.  Eric Evans talks a bit about Domain Driven Design, a topic he's also not coincidentally published a book on many years ago:
Something I've been encountering in my travels as a developer and leader of developers is the varying levels of motivation, confidence and enthusiasm my peers conduct themselves with.  At one point during his talk, Eric speaks about how a hypothetical carpenter spends more time talking about his output than he does how he might use any particular tool.
Eric also - in my opinion - correctly highlights that the best people in the industry tend to be master technologists.  They constantly have their head in the space and are naturally disposed to aspects of technology and how they work together.

Eric's talk covers a lot of different areas as he works his way around and into various definitions of DDD, but this one bit really resonated with me.
When I was younger, the point it became clear that computers and more specifically software were in my future was when I developed a healthy obsession with it.  I've worked - specifically in the past - with so many people who treat the programs they make as just a way to a paycheque.  Without casting any negativity towards wanting to earn a living, I feel like there's something self-defeating to being a software developer and treating it like something rote or mundane.

Last year I was invited by the NRC to help participate in coming up with ideas for a curriculum for students learning to be developers.  One thing many of us on the panel agreed on was that you have to be innately interested.
For a room full of leaders from different companies that don't work together to say the same thing, there has to be a mote of truth to the notion!

Enjoy the video and I hope you're encouraged to start working on having a healthy obsession too!

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