how to recognise a good programmer (and system adminstrator)

12 Jan 2008

KDan (via Slashdot) has a great post on how to recognise a good programmer; I think many of his points also apply to system administrators.

Some of the key points:

  • passionate about technology, will talk your ear off on a technical subject if encouraged; technology isn’t a day job but a lifestyle
  • learns new technologies on their own, and doesn’t say “send me on a course to learn that”
  • very uncomfortable about the idea of working with a technology they don’t believe to be “right”
  • has some hidden “icebergs”, large personal projects under the CV radar

All-in-all a really great article – I suggest you read it.

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