How much do time do you spend programming at work?

I just wanted to roughly know how much other people spend their time programming at work if you are a developer. I am a Java developer and I spend about 98% of the time coding. I was just wondering because a professor I had in college said that developers only spend about 25% of their time actually coding. One reason I may spend a lot of time coding is that the work is usually assigned to individuals rather than teams. Here are some questions to get a feel of how other companies work: How much time do you spend coding? What are other activities that take a large percentage of your time? What is the size of the company you work for? Do you feel like you work on projects as a team or individually? Feel free to leave any other comments that pertain from your experience.

Asked By: abram_27 - 5/4/2007
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I dont think your professor was 100% correct. If you just got the job then you will most likely spend the majority of the time coding and as you get more experienced and familiar with the companys system you may end up doing more analytical work such as developing a database, analysing data, meetings etc.. After some... More
Answered By: slipperypickle - 5/4/2007
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I create web apps for my work,, i spend < 10% design and 90% programming (including debugging). I work for a university which has 500 employees. But as usual other things which distract you from your real job come inbetween. I work mostly individually
Answered By: rystest - 5/4/2007
I'm a Sr Java Developer for a medium sized company and I code about 50% of the time. But it's lopsided...maybe 12% one day and I have to stay late and code 100% another. Depends on the projects that are going on. My other time is spent doing research on technologies, going over documentation, meetings, or being just... More
Answered By: BoTheDrummer - 5/4/2007
hmm ok i do about 70% coding and 30% design. other activities include graphics and animation, web design, and screwing around on yahoo answers - lol j/k - well not really... More
Answered By: pandabunny - 5/4/2007
There is a difference between "coding" and "programming". Most programmers are really programmer / analysts. They should spend a lot of time analyzing. They also test, debug, test again, train users, write help screens, meet with users, watch business processes, read professional journals, goof off answering YA posts... More
Answered By: Ted Pack - 5/4/2007
It really depends on the nature of the company and how the company works... More
Answered By: JsK - 5/4/2007
I'd say I spend between 35% and 60% of my time actually writing code (web applications,) depending upon the week and the time of the year. The rest is spent on design, testing, debugging, and managing the network here. I work for a small non-profit, and if it plugs into the wall, I am responsible for it...
Answered By: Michael B - 5/4/2007
I am Sr. EAI Consultant in CMM5 Level company , working at Client site. We are sopenidng maximum time in Designing. Like Functional Designs and Technical design. If a Design is good then a Deveopelr can develop in few Hrs. We always propely document the Designs and then Send it to Developer to develop. So The way we... More
Answered By: Panky - 5/6/2007
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