20 Mar '12, 3am

The Number One Trait of a Great Developer | Engine Yard Blog

I wish people would stop using the term “Rockstar” in reference to programmers. For a start, there are no rockstar programmers. If you’re in programming for the fame then…well…wrong profession, we’ve only got one John Carmack and he builds rockets now. Secondly, for what piddling similarity there is left between “Rockstar” and programming, everyone interprets it differently. For some it’s the temper tantrums and diva nature, for others it’s the skewed productivity rate. Use a real term, and then you’ll discover that what you though was a debate disappears. You want a productive coder? a cutting edge coder? you want someone who can solve your problems in half the time or someone who delivers code that’s understandable by a monkey? Each of these are different skills, programming is not sprinting, there is no single 100m time to serve as a metric for whether someone is great ...

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