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Yes. We’ll get to programmers in a moment. Let’s start with their parent class, humanity. Generally, people ask far too much of each other.
People are seldom willing to ensure, prior to expecting assistance, that their assistant/helper is financially, emotionally, physically, and otherwise protected from the knock-on side effects and implications of their requests.
They ask for extra sauce on the side, even when the menu specifically says there’s no extra sauce, and no sides.
They ask their servants to fall on their swords for them, then expect them to revive themselves, repair themselves, and continue on as before, helpfully assisting. Oh, yeah, and why’s that sword all covered in blood? Someone should have cleaned it off.
That’s just how people work. Once they’re accustomed to getting what they want, there’s no end to the potential abuse.
Do people ask too much of programmers? Sure! They’re not immune from this. People ask far too much of their interior designers, their maids, their cooks, their landscapers… and their programmers.
That is the nature of being a servant – being non-judgemental, willing to continue assisting, happy to help – even in the face of ridonkulous abuse.
Good programmers get very good at smiling and helping as best they can even in the face of adversity. And, boy, can people’s ballooning expectations create adversity!
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