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Dec
18
comment How Can I Know Whether I Am a Good Programmer?
Well said. Regarding ego/humility, I came through the MIT AI Lab in the 70s. The best coders had a certain humble confidence. If you think you're doing something important, you could be wrong, but if you don't, you're probably right.
Dec
16
comment “Mentor” a senior programmer or colleague without insulting
Also as a "senior" and educator, I found it easier to convey interesting ideas in a classroom. In the workplace, it seems to me you can only convey ideas if they are fairly conventional.
Dec
15
comment “Mentor” a senior programmer or colleague without insulting
Actually, I've found the difference between a classroom and the real world is night and day. Students give you credence (they have to). Colleagues consider you an equal, so they're not in a learning role with you.
Dec
15
comment “Mentor” a senior programmer or colleague without insulting
I used to say to my students "I prefer stupid questions, because I can answer those."