The "Migration" of a
A Migrant Programmer has a challenging occupation. A
Migrant Programmer does not have a "true home". Each company
he or she travels to is not their own. They are simply there to
"fill a need", or to "assist in the education and
training" of those that work for the company they are currently
"migrating" in. They are seen as "outsiders". They
are expected to deliver more, work harder, and be at their best every
day they are at the client. As time passes, the Migrant Programmer may
become attached to their surroundings - the travel to and from the
office, the employees, the challenges, the successes, and the failures.
These all become a part of the Migrant Programmer's life just as it
But the life for a Migrant
Programmer is different - one day you are summoned into the office, told
you have performed very well and you are thanked for your contribution.
You then pack your belongings and go on your way - to find another
challenge ahead of you. This is the reality of the Migrant
Programmer - nothing lasts beyond a few months - maybe a year or two if
you are lucky.
Programmers meet other Migrant Programmers and form a friendship - a
mutual understanding of their way of life and the challenges they face
every time they enter a new project. These "collectives" of
Migrant Programmers form a "core" group of Migrants, which in
turn gives way to the term - Core Migrant: A Migrant Programmer who
belongs to a collective of other Migrants.
But even Core Migrants must
sometimes leave their collective. Such is the case for one of our
beloved Core Migrants. Fred "D.J." Sinnema, has been a
"core migrant" from the beginning. "D.J. Fred" got
his nickname from being the D.J. at the annual 4th of July Migrant
Programmer gathering. D.J. Fred's musical library was extensive -
thousands of CD's to choose from and he never let anybody down.
Fred found an opportunity many miles away and left his current
collective. We will keep in touch via the website and emails - and maybe
a visit if we're lucky. We wish him much success in his future. We are
certain that he will find another collective and become a Core Migrant
Our other Migrant is not
leaving the collective - Marybeth has merely moved on to better
opportunities within the region. We wish her luck as well.
Core Migrants on the Move