RE: _Top_Ten_Myths_of_Technical_Communication

Subject: RE: _Top_Ten_Myths_of_Technical_Communication
From: Sanjay Srikonda <SSrikonda -at- invlink -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 14:34:54 -0400

I agree with the sentiment about programmers, but speaking as an ex-P/A, in
the "good ol days of pre-Internet", nowadays, companies wanting to get VC
(Venture Capital) funding are realizing that good documentation is AS
important as the programming.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Byfield [mailto:bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2000 1:06 PM
Subject: Re: _Top_Ten_Myths_of_Technical_Communication

The money depends on the company. In my experience, newer companies
(dare I say "dot.coms"?) seem to pay writers the same as
programmers. I've received the same money as programmers at the last
three companies where I worked long-term.

One reason for the attitude is that programming has a mystique -
especially for programmers themselves. They see themselves on top of
the world, so they can't imagine why anyone else wouldn't want to
join them. The media cultivates this attitude, too, babbling about
twenty-something programming geniuses. And let's face it, these are
fairly heady days for programmers, when they can get high-paying
jobs without a degree. They don't notice that they're often being
exploited, or that the senior programmers and CTO have their genius
AND twenty years' experience, but it's not surprising that the
average programmer should feel important.


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