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Based on my previous experience from my different team, I have developed fear of programming and hence fear joining the programming side. I am into Infra roles mostly,got some insights of linux,but future seems to be moving towards development side or devops to be more specific. Can anybody please guide me here.
 
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Your career is purely your choice, I don't see why a company can dictate that for you. You have the choice to move if your current assigned role isn't in-line with your interests. I would definitely not recommend taking up programming if you fear it.
Is this fear related to something else (fear of not delivering some task on time, fear of not performing at par with others, etc...) ?
 
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Hey Vishal,

Dont be afraid,you are obviously good at your job and enjoy where you are...dont let one bad experience bring you down...i think you missing the golden opportunity..i would kill to be where you are,im only starting a software degree at the end of this year.
chin up,if you want to do it i dont think anything can stop you...but you have to ask yourself the question...and be honest with yourself.
 
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Geoge Bernard Shaw said "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.".

"New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings." - Lao Tzu

"Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God." - Julia Cameron

"Work is love made visble." - Khalil Gibran

And you will find something interesting and inspiring for yourself at this website Zenpencils
 
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Hi Vishal, I think if you ask any developer they have, at one time or another, felt that same sense of fear. It could be when you're asked to develop a solution to a very challenging problem, but maybe you're not confident enough to trust in your own java skills to find a solution, for example. That's where practice and patience can help lessen your fear, and lead to experience.

Salvin asked if perhaps your fear is related to something else. I think that is a good point. Sometimes the real reason behind our fear is something rooted deep in our subconscious, that we are unaware is even there, but which is affecting our ability to accomplish things. I am by no means an expert in psychology, but maybe take some time and ask yourself the questions like the ones Salvin included in his response to your post.

All the best.
 
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Randy Maddocks wrote:
Salvin asked if perhaps your fear is related to something else. I think that is a good point. Sometimes the real reason behind our fear is something rooted deep in our subconscious, that we are unaware is even there, but which is affecting our ability to accomplish things. I am by no means an expert in psychology, but maybe take some time and ask yourself the questions like the ones Salvin included in his response to your post.

All the best.




Hi When I joined Java project long back 4 years back in Bangalore motivated by Javaranch and SCJP book, the team members there were not much friendly for each of my questions 'i WAS asked to search in Google'.. I was just aware of Core Java and suddenly I was told to work in SPring MVC for the existing applications.

This led to gazing to the monitor and being in other thoughts
or when troubleshooting one error ... while finding the solutions...I found that I have been lost what was the initial error for which I  was troubleshooting


Initially at home i used to practise little bit of core java referring to SCJP books..but coming to a live project without training when I was thrown into Spring MVC and Database..it was kind of a cultural shock for me ...from that time it demotivated me and developed fear of programming...

Initially they were friendly when first joined,but there was a sudden change in their behaviour started being bit rude so that I can avoid them. I was bit offtrack because of such disturbance... Corporates should understand that such pretentious behavious should not be introduced else its impacts the employee within fills him with fear, makes him think twice before being open within colleagues in office.
 
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So you were assigned a job for which you were not qualified at the time, and the company did not train you to become qualified. Both aspects reflect badly on the company, not on yourself. That is no reason why you should not succeed at other development jobs that are a better match for your experience, at a company that is better at managing people.
 
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Vishal Hegde wrote:Initially they were friendly when first joined,but there was a sudden change in their behaviour started being bit rude so that I can avoid them. I was bit offtrack because of such disturbance...



Working in a corporation has it's own advantages and disadvantages. What you ran into happens more often than we think, unfortunately. We work in an environment where there can be both hostility/conflict and positive reinforcement among our peers. I remember a senior developer where I work who was very experienced in java. On occasion I consulted with him when I ran into a coding issue that I just couldn't figure out (as did other developers). But whether he was aware of it or not, he was very condescending. He made you feel stupid, questioning your own abilities. In my case I started questioning whether I just wasn't smart enough to be a developer. That was several years ago. That developer has since moved on  From that experience I told myself I would never treat another developer (or any other employee, for that matter) that way. It sounds like a cliche, but...no one knows everything. In school we were constantly learning, studying and doing homework, to get good grades and to graduate. In the development world it is no different - there are always new things to learn and if we constantly apply ourselves and take advantage of those opportunities to learn, your knowledge will expand. If anyone comes to me with a problem I put myself in that person's shoes - maybe they were hesitant to come ask for help so this is difficult for them. I also look at it I have been humbled too many times as a developer to even think that I am in any way a superior developer to anyone else.

Tim is right, best to work for a company that is better at managing people. If a company does not take care of it's employees, at best it will have high turnover and at worst it will not last.

P.S. - I appreciate the cows!!  
 
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I have always been afraid of programming hype. But nowadays, a little bit of programming knowledge is considered crucial in any field because of its complex problem solving. I'm learning for the same reason now.
 
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