I am no exception.
And the very best kind of stroking for me is when a developer tells me things like:
"Your book changed my life."
"That code you posted on your blog saved me a whole day's work."
and so on. Honestly, I don't think the endorphin flow is from some sort of personal pride. It's more that the enormous chunk of my life that I have devoted to PL/SQL can help other individuals improve their quality of life and personal happiness in some way (I am much less enamored with helping the bottom line of corporations).
In that vein, this morning, I received the following wonderful email:
Subject: Error trapping - THANK YOU
Your Oracle article about error trapping in PL/SQL saved my bacon this morning. I woke up to a production error with commercial software that we wrote.
I had already implemented many aspects of your recommendations. When I started troubleshooting at 0600, I had tools and plans in hand (the solution didn't come for 2 hours) BUT I had tools and plans!!!!
I debated posting my efforts publicly because I simply parroted your work.
After the firefight this morning, I recognized that echoing your words can only help the cause.
Again, Thank you!!!!
Ah....it doesn't get better than that. Well, there is something better than that: spending time with my granddaughter, Loey, who at 3.5 years of age is a true fashionista: