The three hours I did it in 2009 were just about the worst experience of my life.

I could see working that way for a design discussion, to walk a new developer through the code ... but write code? That's impossible. Nobody can concentrate while in constant communication and without concentration programming doesn't happen.

I quit my job at Microsoft the next morning. Eleven years later I had to go into counseling to put the experience behind me; it actually gave me PTSD. I thought you had to be in combat to get that.

A pleasure? That's just nuts. I will never work onsite again but were I in an interview and PP came up I would get up and walk out without a word. If I was working and a manager told me to do it I would go clean out my desk.

And a lot of programmers are obsessively conformist; and compulsive about a lot of things, like those idiotic methodologies and low-level optimization.

American Software Developer living in Vietnam. Classical musician (guitar, woodwinds), weightlifter, multilingual, misanthrope • XY

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