Last year I became a developer. I have been working on web and digital projects for more than twenty years, but never before have I taken on that position. I was excited to do so, but also afraid of change.
The first thing I noticed is no one cares. I was hesitant to call myself a developer, but it was just me. I found out that development is a forgiving and encouraging environment to work in.
How authorship works while being a developer is very different. As a designer, it is considered an individual achievement, but in development, authorship is a joint effort. This brings me to the main point.
In summary, becoming a developer has been quite positive. My background in other areas is appreciated, I have the opportunity to learn and grow, and I find myself enjoying my new role more than I anticipated and not missing the old one at all.