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Ask HN: what was the worst life/programming choice you ever made?
18 points by nodemaker 907 days ago | 18 comments



Life: Not being frugal, spending too much, getting into consumer debt and a too-expensive rent contract, which shackles me in my current job and prevents me from fully pursuing my dreams.

Programming: staying at a company that works with Visual Basic, not learning Ruby/Functional Programming/jQuery/any modern stuff basically.

I'm fixing point 1, which will free me to fix point 2 hopefully :)

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Life: Thinking a Community College to Uni route would be an easy transfer (I had the grades and extracurriculars to get into any Uni I wanted, but had no $$$ at the time), having a daughter at 18 with a (w)itch, this list is growing as I type so I'll stop now ;)

Programming: Taking a job at a company where the Web department is in the Marketing Department,and only our 2-man IT department has access to writing anything more then HTML/CSS. Politics.

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Life: Not finishing college the first time around (I went back)

Programming: Thinking I could learn C++ architecture as I went and end up with a successful project.

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My worst life mistake is the same, I wasted about 7 years in between periods of education.

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What made you want to finish your education in the end?

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I was unable to get a decent job, all I could get were telesales jobs.

I'm close to finishing up my Bachelor's now, I could graduate in June and throw myself full time into my business or I could do next year too which would be my Honours year.

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Life: Taking too long to build my first company. Working as a H1B for one year in the US.

Programming: Ignored the benefits of testing for way too much time.

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Life: coming back to india to start a company

Programming: Trying to create a framework that generates code.

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Life: coming back to india to start a company

> Any particular reasons?

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Well to be honest I dont really like living in India.

Its a personal thing based on my lifestyle and might and not apply to everyone.

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Life : Nothing in particular as such. May be because I am a guy who finds positives even in so called "Worst decisions". They teach you something and help you get better. May be wasting 3 years doing job in a big Indian IT company. I should have get into startups earlier so that I could have failed earlier, learned earlier, improved earlier. If not in my own startup, I should have worked in some other startups instead of wasting my 2-3 years as ABAP developer.

Programming : Not testing my code properly(I only do manual user testing). I still don't do it. I find it too boring. May be I'm too lazy to do that.

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Life: Getting married and having kids, before making my 'still future' fortune.

Programming: Switching majors from Computer Science to Economics (figured programming jobs would all be outsourced)

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You regret having kids? Damn that's rough.

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Not to use pirated software to become better at programming. It was really a mistake.

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Care to elaborate?

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Read this: http://www.neowin.net/news/editorial-how-piracy-changed-my-l...

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Trying to build my own framework with PHP.

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Life: Getting into Programming.

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