It’s my last day at work here at the office. For the past two weeks, I’ve been slaving away trying to get everything wrapped up and documented, but today, on my last day here, apathy has set in. My final paycheck is in the bank, and there’s just not much that an extra couple of hours can do. I’m definitely going home early today.
Mostly, I’ve just been sitting in my cubicle trying to think of anything that’s crucial that I’m forgetting. I’ve added a few paragraphs to my documentation here and there, and had a meeting with some people who will be taking up where I left off, but that’s about the extent of it. Pretty soon, it’ll be time to put all my belongings in a box and head out the door.
Am I sad? No. In fact, it’s been kind of nice to sit down over a good portion of the past two weeks and just write documentation. I say I don’t like to write documentation, and if given the choice between documentation and coding, I’ll always choose coding, but documentation has it’s own easy feel to it as well. It doesn’t take me hours to figure out why something isn’t working, and progress on it is usually steady. I’m not necessarily the best writer out there (I consider Joel Spolsky to be the gold-standard when it comes to writing in technical-yet-accessible terms), but I’d consider myself better than the average computer programmer. Still, you have to twist my arm a little bit to get me to do it, because given the option, I’d rather be doing something else. I know this is the case with other computer programmers as well, because most open-source programs created by unpaid volunteers tend to be poorly documented.
It’s also given me a chance to play with the OpenOffice suite more, which I’m liking more and more as I continue to use it. If you haven’t tried it yet and have access to a broadband connection, download it and give it a shot. All the features of Microsoft Office without the annoying “Clippy the Paperclip”.
And despite OpenOffice being a free product, the documentation is quite decent. No doubt this is aided by the fact that Sun Microsystems paid people to write it for StarOffice, their commercially supported version of the same product.
Two-and-a-half hours to go and I am so outta here.