Why GOD made developers and why I'm not HIS chosen one?
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Why GOD made developers?
And why I'm not the chosen one?
This is the first of a series of blogs
This is my first blog on software development and that's not something surprising because I have hardly been a developer. So obviously the question that came up to me “What do I blog about to developers when I know nothing of development” – I have been a seller, a marketer, a sales leader – but not a developer. I knew not the difference between objects and classes or my programs ended up in an infinite loop whensoever I tried. The easiest topic then to blog was about my life – that's one subject I could say with a little bit of confidence I have a fair handle on. The life which has revolved around developers without knowing anything about development.
I started my career about 18 years ago as a mainframe developer. This was the year of Y2K projects and India was fast becoming the country of choice to outsource low end maintenance and Y2K kinda of work. Being an alumni of the top engineering institute in Mumbai (then Bombay) and a First Class with Distinction, a very rare thing for Bombay University – I came with a chip on my shoulder. I was recruited by a top notch recruiter with probably the highest salary on campus. The family was happy – extremely happy and they had multiple chips on their shoulder.
The first 1 month of intensive software engineering training was a boon in disguise for an electrical engineering graduate – C, structures, OOPS, Forms, C++ were the in languages to learn – a definite ticket to the US of A. Every Indian engineer dreamt of the Silicon Valley those days, Bengaluru still a sleepy retired town. And then the day of great awaiting finally came when the newly trained software engineers were all ready to take their new projects. Like soldiers we awaited our destiny, our future being handed out to us.
It was a simple logic on what project a fresh engineer out of college would love to do
If (language = C++) & project (notequals Y2K); printf (H1 VISA)
If (language = C); & project (not equals Y2K) printf (L1 VISA)
If (language = C++) and If (Project = Y2K) ; Timeout = 6 months; change (project); printf (Apply for Passport)
If (language = C) and If (Project = Y2K) ; printf (Wait for upgrade to C++) ; Timeout = 3 months; printf (Change Project)
If (Project = Y2K) & If (Language Not Equal To C/C++)
printf (Change Project)
If Timeout > 6 months
printf (Change Company)
Well it was as simple as that.
I was certain that being from a top notch institute with decades of flawless top notch grades – my future was set on cutting edge technology projects in Silicon Valley.
“Mr Nee can't Lyer”, she called out rolling over the “r” - “Nilkanth, Nilkanth Iyer”, I said “The surname is Iyer with an I and not Liar with a L”.
“Oh OK - Can I call you Nil?”. I nodded happily saying “Yeah call me Neel”.
“OK Nil – that's great. You are the only one from this group who is getting an opportunity to work for the most important project in the company – we have received a prestigious beta project from one of the largest MNC's in the world and if we are able to deliver this project in 6 months – the Client is going to outsource an entire business process to us. This is our great opportunity – your great opportunity Nil”. I said “Wow! I always knew it – I was the chosen one. GOD's gift to mankind – the programmer of the millennium.
“You are assigned to ENDYK and will be working on Honeywell Bull Mainframe and gain tremendous expertise on COBOL, CICS, JCL and DB2. You mission – to help transition the customer from a MMYY to a YYYYMM format”. “Congratulations NIL”
The writing on the wall was clear “ENDofYourKareer” project.
To be continued …...........keep checking this blog for the complete story