I think part of the strong culture of disdain for mediocrity in programming is that there’s a vast…
Duncan Armstrong

Good analysis. I think a lot of the heat has to do with shades of connotation — he writes “No passion,” and I read “Terrible programmer”. I do believe that without some sort of affinity and some sort of talent you can’t become a competent career coder.

Rock star coders do exist. I have met them, I have read their code, and in a good month I might hope to be in their illustrious company even.

Programmers should all be aspiring to be in this category, because the alternative is a meaningless life typing into glowing rectangles putting together PHP code to make websites for con artists.

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