Programming Doesn’t Require Talent or Even Passion

Love this post. There’s an illusion, popular with marketers and project managers in agencies, of the passionate hacker, who, supplied with sufficient soda and snacks, a deck and an uplink, will bend the world to their dreams. Sometimes you do find people like this. You do not want them programming for you. They are the type that write unmaintainable code that’s not tested or in version control, often in the hottest, latest languages, and they won’t reuse anyone else’s code, because they can do it all better if they just start from scratch.

What you want is someone like Larry Wall, the author of Perl, described. Someone with laziness, impatience and hubris. They are programming to do less work, have it just work, and not be known as a sloppy developer.

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