Getting to Good Enough - Imposter Syndrome Is a Harsh Mistress

Jeffrey A. By Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire Comment

##The self-hating Web Developer “The self-hating Web Developer” is a post by JoeQuery that throws harsh light on something that I have seen in many of my friends and colleagues in technology. I suffer from it myself at times: Imposter Syndrome

Wikipedia: Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. Despite external evidence of their competence, those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved.

JoeQuery, despite being empirically a “good enough” developer to support his extended family doing web work in PHP, Python, Django, Drupal, and other technologies, has somehow bought into the notion that this isn’t “real programming.”

JoeQuery: The consensus on programming forums is that web developers are the lowest tier of software developers. Web development is easy, it’s not real programming, it’s just CRUD frameworks and APIs doing all the real work for you.

##Well so what? Well so what? It is good enough to create billions in economic value and pay your rent. It shouldn’t matter how imperfect it is from some theoretical standpoint. It does the job. It’s good enough. PHP runs 80% of the web.

JoeQuery! You and your work are good! Good enough! The web is changing our world; you’re part of that. Go back to learning out of love, not fear (that part of your post was really insightful). You’ve got this.

If you want a refreshing change, you could try hitting some Drupal community channels or events, too. We’re a positive, welcoming community. We’ve got Drupal 8 to show you, too :-D

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