There I was… testing my Python scripts to remotely adminster the radio station computers. I had been coding for a few hours trying to add support for remote admin logins. This required having the server send a public encryption key, letting the client get the potential password from the user, encrypting it with the key, sending it back to the server, having the server decrypt the potential password. Then… I saw it: “Password is:brownies” shining brightly in the terminal running on the server. Proof of success at long last!
It is that feeling that I call ‘The Programmer’s Moment’ it’s a feeling of overwheling success because you just spent x amount of time on a feature, and you are finally convinced it is going to work like you planned. I am sure other professions experience this same sense of accomplishment, but I experience this most frequently when I am coding. It’s that feeling that makes long nights (or days) staring at a screen worth anything at all. It can motivate you to continue coding and keep you from giving up on a project that seems hopeless.
Here is a little screen shot of that terminal with such simple text that brought some happiness to this crazy coder 🙂