Coding For Cash

Dr Stuart Woolley
CodeX
Published in
6 min readJun 17, 2024

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Selling-out has its price, just make it’s a fair one when you’re a professional worker.

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It’s often said in contracting circles that the progressive software engineer is something of a corporate whore in that they’re paid extremely well to perform professional services for companies and their projects with languages, and often operating systems, that they’re rather not be associated with at all, let alone actually work on.

We all have to compromise, to an extent, but once we’ve accrued sufficient knowledge and experience can go on to command a decent wage and earn the ability to pick and choose carefully what we’d actually like to do.

A progressive engineer may have a paid dalliance with Windows, Java, or even C#¹, for example, but once having levelled up a few times would never, ever go near them again. Well, unless the pay was sufficiently high such that they could swallow their pride, embarrassment, and threat of ostracisation from friends and erstwhile colleagues.

Oh, and edit the experience carefully on their CV or LinkedIn profile quickly afterwards to show that they do in fact know all about it, but would really rather not do it again, thank you very much.

That kind of prose construction is an art form in itself, as the primitive web scrapers recruiters tend to use just hoover up the keywords willy nilly and

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Dr Stuart Woolley
CodeX

Worries about the future. Way too involved with software. Likes coffee, maths, and . Would prefer to be in academia. SpaceX, X, and Overwatch fan.