Originally posted by Dalia Rojas:
John, I'd also like to say that your words are inspiring. I'm one of the lucky ones who is presently working as a programmer, but I've been looking for something better for three months. In the meantime, I'm doing just as you say, building up my skills, getting certified, and participating in open source projects. I find that it keeps me very interested in the profession. Otherwise, job hunting would be very stressful.