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What personal milestones can you use to measure growth in your programming abilities?

I am looking for the criteria of what makes a programmer a level I, II, and III?

What are topics that you would expect to be known/understood/mastered at each level?

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Companies may have very different interpretations of each as some places may just have a level correspond to one year of experience while others may expect a decade and a half to each level for the other extreme. –  JB King Jul 27 '11 at 1:30
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I'm a lvl. 99 coder –  MattyD Jul 27 '11 at 1:51
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If you see a job post with Level I, II, III, etc. in it, then flee, right away! –  Job Jul 27 '11 at 2:20
    
@Job Why should we? –  Jonathan Hobbs Jul 27 '11 at 2:59
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Also related: programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/38265/… –  Anna Lear Jul 27 '11 at 3:08
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There is the well-known Programmer Competency Matrix, I don't think you'll get a more thorough description of "levels" in programming aptitude than that.

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