Hi, fellow code wizards! I have a little question for you.
Many people like to talk about their recent experiences at work. They always have some interesting story to tell: they dealt with a mad customer, or they are working on a fascinating project, or one of their students is caught using drugs, or they have to organize some local event, etc... I'd like to tell such stories myself. But although my job as a programmer is interesting enough, I feel I have nothing tell about it to non-programmers, even if they are really willing to listen. I used to try every now and then, only to see faces expressing a total lack of understanding.
I'd like to tell about that nice little class I just wrote that enables making asynchronous calls easily, or about that fine specialized data container with fast lookups, or about that complex layout manager component. But I have learnt not to do so: it only bores my audience to death. I noticed that even if I just describe the new feature I'm working on, it is uninteresting and incomprehensible to them. Therefore I never talk about my job anymore. I was wondering if there is anyone who does talk about his job as a software developer to their friends and family.
Do you ever talk about your job to non-programmers?