Good developers are smart, not clever

  • Smart developers keep it simple. “Good code is like a joke. If it has to be explained, it is not a good one.”
  • They know when to improve code and they have clarity on the reasons behind doing it.
  • They start by searching for solutions that are already present in the code, before starting to write new code.
  • They are pragmatic. They don’t get enamored by tricks.
  • They don’t believe in the promises of perfect shortcuts. They understand tradeoffs.
  • They are never shy to ask questions.
“Programming is not like being in the CIA, you don’t get credit for being sneaky.”  - Steve McConnell

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