Be a Real Studio Superhero
Tips on rescuing your clients
Issue: 9.5 (July/August 2011)
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I've never been a huge fan of superhero stories with maybe the exception of Batman (who never really had a super power) but I've followed some stories on and off over the years. Most superheroes acquire their super power by way of a freak accident or mutation. Few of them get their powers by deciding what they want to do and spending years doing it (again, Batman might be the exception). Similarly, few developers become good overnight—it takes years of work.
Like many developers I've met over the years, the comic book superheroes don't really know what their true potential is. They start by doing simple things and as their confidence grows they get better at what they do. You, as a developer, should be the same way.
Most superheroes have their normal 'real-word' life and then their superhero persona. Their real-world life is full of drama and strife and they doubt themselves in many of the things they do. That sounds like a lot of developers I know.
However, when the superhero dons their costume they are more confident or at least more adventurous. As a developer, there's nothing different when you're out there being a superhero for your clients. Sure, you're just a programmer, but you're doing something that they can't (or won't) do and isn't that the true definition of being a hero?
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