Doing what I like?
I remember what happened with another person in the same team. He is a web designer, but calls himself a 'techie'! There was this requirement for me to dynamically create charts and graphs from data taken from a CSV file. When I joined this company, I was told that I could ask anyone for help and if they had time, they will help me. I could have done everything with servlets, but I haven't coded in 3 years. So, I ask this guy who was free for a few days to help me. He refused saying all work for him has to come through his boss. Fair enough, that seems reasonable. But, after listening to me explaining for about 30 minutes what I want, he asked me 'why I want to do it?' and gave me a 'suggestion' - put it in excel, create graphs, save it as a web page. When I said it is too much work for too little stuff and also the pictures will take up a lot of bandwidth, he gave me a few more 'suggestions' - open every graph and 'optimise' it by hand, he started telling me how to do it. With about 25 (estimated) graphs, that itself would take up a better part of my day. Then I asked a busy software developer to help me with it and he promised me he would as it would be a learning experience for him. He forgot about it, that's a different story.