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What scares you as a developer?

Survey period: 31 Oct 2016 to 7 Nov 2016

Someone who needs help with their computer recognising you as an IT professional54943.47
Finding your desk has been turned into a pair-programming station27721.93
Being told you have to demo the code to the customer in person. Today.33326.37
Shipping code that has a debug DROP TABLE Users statement left uncommented33026.13
Your manager reading a new management book38530.48
Your main admin password being mailed to you31524.94
Being told the day before launch that you need to support IE. Version 7.47937.93
Other (please comment)15011.88
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%

General10,000,000 members and only 1194 votes? Pin
MacSpudster4-Nov-16 10:30
professionalMacSpudster4-Nov-16 10:30 
Generalmanagers buzzing words Pin
V.4-Nov-16 0:44
professionalV.4-Nov-16 0:44 
GeneralReal programmers are not scared Pin
Nighthowler3-Nov-16 22:10
Nighthowler3-Nov-16 22:10 
GeneralRe: Real programmers are not scared Pin
dandy727-Nov-16 5:48
dandy727-Nov-16 5:48 
General'Developer' profession is itself scary Pin
koolprasad20032-Nov-16 20:31
professionalkoolprasad20032-Nov-16 20:31 
GeneralTesters looking puzzled and calling you over. Pin
Adam David Hill2-Nov-16 6:48
professionalAdam David Hill2-Nov-16 6:48 
GeneralOTHER - That in 2017 I ll still be coding in WPF Pin
Aless Alessio2-Nov-16 5:39
Aless Alessio2-Nov-16 5:39 
GeneralRe: OTHER - That in 2017 I ll still be coding in WPF Pin
SoMad3-Nov-16 10:50
professionalSoMad3-Nov-16 10:50 
General"Beaver dam" architecture Pin
Duncan Edwards Jones2-Nov-16 0:26
professionalDuncan Edwards Jones2-Nov-16 0:26 
GeneralRe: "Beaver dam" architecture Pin
CDP18022-Nov-16 4:26
CDP18022-Nov-16 4:26 
GeneralRe: "Beaver dam" architecture Pin
Sander Rossel2-Nov-16 9:37
professionalSander Rossel2-Nov-16 9:37 
General'By the way...' Pin
Stuart Dootson1-Nov-16 23:41
professionalStuart Dootson1-Nov-16 23:41 
GeneralNothing Or Everthing Pin
Hemant Singh Rautela1-Nov-16 22:31
professionalHemant Singh Rautela1-Nov-16 22:31 
GeneralRe: Nothing Or Everthing Pin
Sander Rossel2-Nov-16 9:29
professionalSander Rossel2-Nov-16 9:29 
GeneralRe: Nothing Or Everthing Pin
Hemant Singh Rautela2-Nov-16 20:48
professionalHemant Singh Rautela2-Nov-16 20:48 
GeneralRe: Nothing Or Everthing Pin
Sander Rossel2-Nov-16 21:33
professionalSander Rossel2-Nov-16 21:33 
Trust me, even the most seasoned developer gets a good scare when he opens some SQL procedure with over 5000 lines of code (yes, they exist) Dead | X|

Also, as a developer we're never done learning.
I know a lot of "experienced" developers who get scared by new technology.
They never kept up and their knowledge is obsolete, any new technology will make that painfully clear Sigh | :sigh:
By that sentiment I'd like to point out that "years working in the field" != "experience".
When you do the same thing over and over you don't get more experienced.

Actually, I'd like to argue that the more experience you have the scarier it gets.
Do you remember the first time you had to refactor something?
Maybe you were young, arrogant, and full of spirit, that refactor wouldn't get you down!
And then the refactor DID get you down.
Your next refactor does the same.
And the third time is no different.
Hell, you'll be scared the fourth time you need to do a refactor because experience taught you this will end in tears Big Grin | :-D
Read my (free) ebook Object-Oriented Programming in C# Succinctly.
Visit my blog at Sander's bits - Writing the code you need.
Or read my articles here on CodeProject.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.
— Edsger W. Dijkstra

GeneralRe: Nothing Or Everthing Pin
User 101325463-Nov-16 3:16
User 101325463-Nov-16 3:16 
GeneralRe: Nothing Or Everthing Pin
Sander Rossel3-Nov-16 7:09
professionalSander Rossel3-Nov-16 7:09 
GeneralRe: Nothing Or Everthing Pin
Hemant Singh Rautela4-Nov-16 4:38
professionalHemant Singh Rautela4-Nov-16 4:38 
GeneralRe: Nothing Or Everthing Pin
CDP18023-Nov-16 0:44
CDP18023-Nov-16 0:44 
GeneralOther - Legacy support Pin
Sander Rossel1-Nov-16 22:27
professionalSander Rossel1-Nov-16 22:27 
GeneralOther - open plan office Pin
M.Vo.1-Nov-16 22:11
M.Vo.1-Nov-16 22:11 
GeneralOther - That will only cost $X Pin
Mathew Crothers1-Nov-16 19:26
professionalMathew Crothers1-Nov-16 19:26 
GeneralGUI application must be versatile enough to take advantage of widescreen monitor Pin
Shao Voon Wong1-Nov-16 16:46
mvaShao Voon Wong1-Nov-16 16:46 
GeneralRe: GUI application must be versatile enough to take advantage of widescreen monitor Pin
dandy727-Nov-16 5:51
dandy727-Nov-16 5:51 

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