I totally agree with this. I started programming when I was 10 on a Commodore. I consider myself to be a good programmer. I really liked the part that states that good programmers are constantly learning new things just for the heck of it because that is what we do. Thursday night I installed Xcode, the developer tools for the Mac, on my MacBook for no other reason then to just “play”.
I have written code for Mainframes, Unix boxes, and of course Windows. It is what I like to do for work and as a hobby.
I am not saying that you have to start programming at a young age to be good at it. I am also not saying that you have to have had programmed in different environments. I believe that programming at young age and being able to program in different environments demonstrates the passion the person has.
At one time, programming Windows was a hobby for me, now it’s my job.
How to Recognize a Good Programmer: “KDan writes to share an article he has written about what some of the key factors in recognizing a good programmer. ‘It’s not as easy as it sounds. CV experience is only of limited use here, because great programmers don’t always have the ‘official’ experience to demonstrate that they’re great. In fact, a lot of that CV experience can be misleading. Yet there are a number of subtle cues that you can get, even from the CV, to figure out whether someone’s a great programmer.’
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