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[link] Signs that you are a bad programmer

Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:19 PM

Do you want to know if someone is a good or bad programmer, here is the link to the signs of bad programmer:
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1. Inability to reason about code
2. Poor understanding of the language's programming model
3. Deficient research skills / Chronically poor knowledge of the platform's features
4. Inability to comprehend pointers
5. Difficulty seeing through recursion
What do you think about these things, any more signs of bad programmer which you know? Thanks

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#2 AdamSpeight2008  Icon User is offline

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Re: [link] Signs that you are a bad programmer

Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:36 PM

I'll say it before the rest of you. You program in Visual Basic?
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Re: [link] Signs that you are a bad programmer

Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:40 PM

This could just be me, but I think a programmer's ability to write code so that it is 'readable' for another developer speaks to their aptitude
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Re: [link] Signs that you are a bad programmer

Posted 21 October 2011 - 06:29 AM

View PostAdamSpeight2008, on 20 October 2011 - 04:36 PM, said:

I'll say it before the rest of you. You program in Visual Basic?


[confused] What does Visual Basic have to do with programming?
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:)
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Re: [link] Signs that you are a bad programmer

Posted 21 October 2011 - 08:07 AM

ohhhhh snap.

I think not being able to picture the end result of the program you're writing is a huge indicator.
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Re: [link] Signs that you are a bad programmer

Posted 21 October 2011 - 08:22 AM

View Postjon.kiparsky, on 21 October 2011 - 06:29 AM, said:

View PostAdamSpeight2008, on 20 October 2011 - 04:36 PM, said:

I'll say it before the rest of you. You program in Visual Basic?


[confused] What does Visual Basic have to do with programming?
[/confused]
:)

You, sir, are officially on the "shit list".
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Re: [link] Signs that you are a bad programmer

Posted 21 October 2011 - 04:11 PM

View PostAdamSpeight2008, on 20 October 2011 - 03:36 PM, said:

I'll say it before the rest of you. You program in Visual Basic?


I would say that programming in VB is not so much a sign of a bad programmer in itself, however, the unwillingness to move on from VB definitely is. I personally know people who wish to be game programmers (professionally) but refuse to move beyond Visual Basic, which I'm sorry to say, is naive at best.
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Re: [link] Signs that you are a bad programmer

Posted 22 October 2011 - 07:48 AM

The signs I feel point to a bad programmer are:

* Unwillingness to research and attempt to solve a problem before asking for help.

* Unwillingness to ask for help when you they need it

* Inability to ask coherent questions or explain something coherently (lack of communication)

* Stuck in old ways, failure to adapt or evolve.

* Doesn't take criticism well.

* Thinks their code is perfect, fault free etc.

* Doesn't understand the compilation process but relies on it. (what a linker is and does, what a parser does, what a 'symbol' is, what a namespace is, etc.)

* Relies heavily on tools rather than knowledge, prediction, intuition and problem solving skills (see above point).

* Unwillingness to read compiler errors and attempt to find errors before asking for help.

I could go on and on.
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Re: [link] Signs that you are a bad programmer

Posted 22 October 2011 - 11:14 AM

i think alot of those "bad programer" signs are more indicative of people learning to program or learning a new language. for instance, Java programers can be very good programers but doing the same thing in C++ will produce code that would make a more seasoned C++ programer rip their head off. that still isn't to say that the Java programer didn't understand what they where doing they just didn't know what the right way to do it was. that is going to happen with any language you learn; your first attempts will be feeble and horribly bad.

that being said, if these symptoms persist passed a normal learning period you have a bad programer.

edit:
read into that a bit, i like the "Signs that you shouldn't be a programmer" part :P

This post has been edited by ishkabible: 22 October 2011 - 11:18 AM

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