I work as an electrical designer for Medtronic most recently migrating an FPGA design from Altera to Microsemi. Got started with PALS and GALS in the early 90s using ABEL. When LAttice introduced its CPLD line in 1994(ish) I was instrumental in getting my company to adopt in circuit programming.
The DIY movement (I guess it is a movement anyway) is very important to me as an occasional contributor to MAKE Magazine and active in the Twin Cities Minnesota Maker community. Several of us are collaborating on electro optically read drum made largely from Tinkertoys to form a primitive programmbale logic device.