Re: Right Stuff

Subject: Re: Right Stuff
From: Pat Gallagher <pgallagher -at- NICK -dot- WORLDTALK -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 1996 10:51:00 -0700

Sounds like you're working at the wrong place, Matt. If you can't get along
with the programmers, move on. There is no lack of jobs and there are plenty
of truly intelligent, respectful, and friendly programmers out there.

Pat Gallagher
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From: Matt Danda
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: Right Stuff
Date: Sunday, September 08, 1996 1:01PM

If you want to do technical writing for software, don't even think about it
unless you are willing to become a computer guru yourself. Otherwise, you
will be paddling upstream with no oars (or arms or legs or torso, for that
matter).

If you want to work with programmers (necessary when writing software
manuals), you must become an expert in the programmer psychology. You must
be willing to act like a programmer, think like a programmer, dress like a
programmer, eat like a programmer, and smell like a programmer. Sometimes
you may even have to pick the bugs off their furry backs. Otherwise they
won't talk to you.

If the programmers think that you want to be like them, they will be nice to
you, and share some of their infinite wisdom with you. And then you can get
your job done.

This is my opinion.
Matt

dandam -at- 1stnet -dot- net
St. Louis, Missouri

"It's difficult working with people when you're omnipotent." -Q

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