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And for those who do not wish to upstart yet another needless business or piss away hours staring at a computer screen forsaking the beauty of the world, there remains little options.
This is my biggest concern with heading in the computer-based direction. For this reason, I hope to work nearby a notable wilderness destination so that I'll be able to have outdoor excursions on the weekends.
Another positive aspect of computing is that the freedom to put on headphones and listen to music often accompanies this type of work environment, at least from what I've heard. Perhaps this may alleviate the issue of being so cooped up and immobile. A little Slayer to keep our sanity.
Luckily my company offers twenty five days PTO per year in addition to the ten holidays we have off, so that makes sitting in an office all day much more bearable. Living in upstate SC means I'm less than an hours drive to the blue ridge mountains which allows me to take frequent hiking/backpacking trips literally almost every weekend during the spring and summer. The cost of living is relatively cheap around here so earning the salary of a software developer is another substantial plus.
I want to know how you geeks retain all these computer languages into your memory.
Once you've mastered one programming language, learning others is a relatively simple task. For instance, in languages such as C, C++, C#, and Java, you declare variables like so:
Basic: dim x as integer
Each accomplishes roughly the same thing. The only difference is the syntax. Once you've learned one language, learning others is relatively easy. It becomes not so much memorizing each new language you want to learn from the ground up, but instead using the basic rules you've learned from one language (how programs are structured, how they "work", etc..) to simply adapt to a new syntax.
Programming: C#, Java, PHP mostly. I like designing/developing software projects when I have the time. I've also been doing some web development on the side (custom content management systems mostly) to bring in some extra income as I search for full time employment.