My best days as a coder

Last time I was negative and sarcastic, so this time I want to be positive.  My best days as a coder were:

  • When I used to write Shadow IT apps for my engineering team, anytime I wrote something that eliminated a lot of grunt work was a very happy day.
  • I got stuck as a noncoding architect in possibly the worst IT shop in the country, but the biggest joy ever was the day they released the new “Responsibility Matrix” and my team realized that our “System Architect” role was not responsible for one single intermediate deliverable.  That’s right, zero responsibility.
  • The day that I first “got” ReSharper
  • The day the ReSharper 4.0 finally became stable
  • The day that I first “got” jQuery
  • The day that my first big system went live — and worked on the first big transaction.
  • The iteration when a previously troubled project suddenly righted itself and the coding became easy
  • The day I toured a factory and saw my software running at all the receiving doors
  • The day Chad & I decided to quit our previous job
  • The day last month when our new rules engine & rules DSL ran flawlessly for the first time after a 6 week coding sprint
  • The time my friend got an award from the business users in appreciation for the new application we built together. 
  • Any single day I get a complement on StructureMap or somebody writes me to say my blog helped them with something
  • My first ThoughtWorks away day.  If you want to learn to be a good developer, the easiest way to get there is to interact with good developers. 

About Jeremy Miller

Jeremy is the Chief Software Architect at Dovetail Software, the coolest ISV in Austin. Jeremy began his IT career writing "Shadow IT" applications to automate his engineering documentation, then wandered into software development because it looked like more fun. Jeremy is the author of the open source StructureMap tool for Dependency Injection with .Net, StoryTeller for supercharged acceptance testing in .Net, and one of the principal developers behind FubuMVC. Jeremy's thoughts on all things software can be found at The Shade Tree Developer at
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  • Jeremy D. Miller

    @Mark Turner,

    I can definitely relate, but that company name cannot appear anywhere on CodeBetter.

  • David Hofmann

    The day I learned Python
    The day I learned Google Web Toolkit
    The day I decided to give up in JSF/JSP/Wicket/WIngs/Web4J/Seam/AnyOtherPageFlowOrientedFrameworkOfTheThousandsAvailableThere!

  • Christopher Painter

    Keep in mind I’m a Build/Install guy….

    My best days are when I sit back and realize that it’s an IJW day ( It Just Works )

    Developers kick off builds and It Just Works…
    Test servers are staged and It Just Works…
    Products are shipped to QA/Production and It Just Works…
    Customers install products on thousands of machines and It Just Works…

    At that point I’ve automated myself out of a job and it’s time to look for a new one.

    When I leave… It Just Works

    The sad thing is pointed haired bosses then sometimes wonder why they ever needed me since the sky never fell but I know better and I just smile.

  • Johnny Hall

    Please :) Forgot my manners there for a minute! Apologies.

  • Johnny Hall

    I think that VS having R# functionality built-in would be a shame, since it would automatically shut out 3rd parties from improving the experience, and competition and innovation would die to some extent. Don’t you think?

    Any chance of some details or insight into your rules engine/dsl?

  • mezu

    – The day my University team blew the competition away with our complex Web system for the Gauteng Province (South Africa)

    – The day I was interview about the radio station management app I had coded for the campus radio.

    – The day I got into .Net 2.0

    – When I wrote my first C# code :)

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  • Jeremy D. Miller


    No issues on my box w/ R# performance. I think it would help a great deal if VS.Net actually had the R# functionality instead of it being an add on.

  • brad

    “The day the ReSharper 4.0 finally became stable”

    I am still holding out for the day R# gets FAST

  • jbland

    . The day my first large scale web-app went live.
    . When i got an email from a shareware customer saying some code i wrote is used in the control systems of a nuclear power plant.

  • Robert G

    My best days?

    1. When I finished my code generator (back in the classic ASP days) and was able to outbid our outsourced indian division every single solitary time.

    2. The moment I got OOP.
    3. My first IDE add-in, back in the VB6 days.
    4. The scary, yet exhilarating, first day, when I quit my “safe” job to go and be a consultant.
    5. Everytime I get a complimentary email from non-programmers about this ( ) 8 years later.