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7 Virtues for Software Developers

Thursday, August 10, 2006
The Perfect Programmer

Diligence - Diligent developers take ownership of their work without being possessive. Diligent programmers fix broken windows.

Humility - Humble developers take pride in their code, but don’t snub constructive criticism. Humble developers know they can always improve themselves.

Patience - Patient developers remain calm during times of stress, and don't surrender to the temptations of a quick fix. Patient developers have the endurance to carry a product across the finish line.

Liberality - Broad-minded developers base their decisions on proofs and particulars instead of preconceptions and prejudices. Broad-minded developers listen to the other side and attempt understanding.

Creativeness - Creative developers find a way around the brick wall in front of them, and do so without creating a mess. Creative developers find the elegant solution to a difficult problem.

Adaptability - Adaptable developers have the ability and willingness to learn new skills and accept new responsibilities. Adaptable developers continue to grow.

Resilience - Resilient developers bounce back from boneheaded bugs and bursting dotcom bubbles to code again another day. Resilient developers appreciate failure as the upward slope of the learning curve.

Eric Gunnerson's "Seven Deadly Sins of Programming" (and others) inspired this post.

I still have to work on 6 or 7 of these.