I have made a discovery. You might think it’s obvious, but it was new to me. It was this: that programmers come in different shapes and sizes.
When was the last time you read through someone else’s code, not because you were looking for a snippet to pinch or because you’ve been saddled with debugging it; but for the sheer joy of reading someone else’s elegant, witty, creative code?
It’s a complaint that’s heard more and more often: why can’t I hire great programmers? Actually the answer is probably not what you think. Continue reading
Programmers, like builders, are famous for holding each others’ work in contempt. A new programmer arriving on an old job is likely to say, just like a builder: “What cowboy did this, then?” and “It’s all going to have to come out, you know!”, and most ominous of all, a non-verbal suck of the teeth and shake of the head. Continue reading