Ask the IBM i Nerd – I am a System i programmer with 1 year experience… 

 February 5, 2012

By  NickLitten

Dear IBM i Nerd,

I am a System i programmer with 1 year experience and I work for a large company with over 30 programmers. I don’t seem to be taken seriously by my peers or my boss. What can I do to enhance my career advancement opportunities within my company and to achieve credibility with the other programmers?

Answer: If you want others to feel that you are a “real” programmer and know what you are doing then you must look and act like a real programmer looks and acts. Did you see the movie Jurassic Park? The rogue programmer who caused all the trouble – now there is a real programmer. First of all you need to make your programmer station look like his did. Empty cans of Jolt Cola, old dinners, candy bars, Dorito bags and empty pizza cartons are a good start. You want your boss to think you live at work and have no other social life. You should also have clothes that are wrinkled and ill-fitting, large eyeglasses, and messed up hair. (See Bill Gates) Having program listings and open manuals all over your desk helps and whatever you do, don’t document your software – very unprofessional. When you speak to users use only computer terms they don’t know. There are many other tips I could give but these should get you started on the road to success. Good luck!


IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Shameless Trekkie, Belligerent Nerd, Englishman Abroad and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and remember: If at first you don't succeed then skydiving probably isn't a hobby you should look into.

Nick Litten

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