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May 31, 10:30 - 11:15 CET
The best programmer I know
Software Delivery Craft Matters
Level: General

I believe great programmers are not born, they are made. Or rather, they make themselves, carefully and deliberately over time. I am not talking about the folks who rote-learn the l33t answers and throw their egos around; I mean the ones who build great products using simple, understandable code, while lifting up those around them.

I have worked with some great programmers over the years, and met some others along the way. I want to tell you about the best programmer I know. As I have said elsewhere, they have 'an insatiable curiosity and the belief they can convince a computer to do anything. Plus a healthy disregard for language and tool zealotry.'

As I describe them, you might recognise some of their traits in yourself; you might decide you want to aspire to some of them; you might choose to refer to them as an interviewer, or as a candidate. My hope is simply that you find this useful and in some way inspiring.

Craft 2024 - Daniel Terhorst-North
Daniel Terhorst-North
Principal Consultant at Dan North & Associates Ltd

Daniel Terhorst-North uses his deep technical and operational knowledge to help business and technology leaders to optimise technology organisations. He puts people first and finds simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using lean and agile techniques.With thirty years of experience in IT, Daniel is a frequent speaker at technology and business conferences worldwide....