One thing I have noticed in my time working in the IT industry is my lust for a challenge. I love the challenge of taking on a problem, figuring out the best way to solve it, and then deploying the solution. But it is the anti climatic nature of delivering the solution that makes think â€œwell now what?â€
Take my most recent snippet of work. The challenge â€“ albeit a simple one â€“ was to develop a script that read data from a database and wrote it to an excel file. Fairly standard fair. The challenge, for me, would be learning how to manipulate Perl to do this and then writing a working program. It took me a few days to get it down pat but after some research and a bit of mentoring from a more experienced Perl developer, I produced a nice little program. That is where the excitement ended. There was no feeling of accomplishment from producing a finished product.
I am quite happy to have saved several man hours of work a year by automating this little process and it was quite fun writing the script but now I am left with the feeling of â€œnow whatâ€. I feel like I need to feed an addiction of the next problem to solve. That is it! I am a computer science junkie! I need to find my next â€œscoreâ€ and develop another tool.
Oh well, at least it pays well. It could be worse, I could have an actual addiction!