This year, for the A to Z Blogging Challenge I'm posting alphabetically on topics related to software development...
Most of these posts are about habits of thought. This one is different.
Joy in this context isn't meant to be a habit (although it helps to take joy in your work). I am suggesting it is a result to be aware of. A temperature gauge. A way to recognize success.
When you are doing a good job, a sense of joy should be a natural outcome. And when you have produced something truly useful and useable, something that helps people accomplish their goals - whether it is to produce that killer presentation, or get a customer's order delivered on time, or detect a million-dollar fraud in progress - people should enjoy using your software.
When you enjoy working on a product, and people enjoy using it, you know you are doing something right.
The converse is also true. If you find yourself reluctant to open up that code, if people groan every time they need to use your product, it's a warning sign to stop and take a hard look at what you are doing.