Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 5th Feb 2008 01:37 UTC
General Development How do you recognize good programmers if you're a business guy? It's not as easy as it sounds. CV experience is only of limited use here, because great programmers don't always have the "official" experience to demonstrate that they're great. In fact, a lot of that CV experience can be misleading. Yet there are a number of subtle cues that you can get, even from the CV, to figure out whether someone's a great programmer. More here.
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Does it matter? always?
by gonzalo on Tue 5th Feb 2008 11:25 UTC
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Really, does it matter?

You'll probably end up boring a good programmer to desperation and s/he'll probably leave the company because in the interview you asked all sorts of interesting questions and promised all sorts of nice projects but then put him/her in a maintenance project where changes rarely, if at all, happen.

Or you'll get a good programmer but not want him/her to work the way s/he does, but instead you'll value much more the fact that s/he follows your internal processes and style. All the fresh ideas and energy s/he brings will be dissipated, because you'll want to constrain it into your organization's model and behavior.

Or even... you actually won't hire him/her. You'll hire an unexperienced... oh, sorry, you call that "unspoiled" young fellow, so that you can mold him/her into what you want from the beginning. Or you'll hire someone cheape... ahem, less qualified, because, you know, it's just some web project or something.

Really, most of the time companies do not want a good programmer; they just want an average one (or a bunch of average ones). And it's not only what they want, it's what they actually need.
So, before asking yourself how to find good programmers, ask your self what for and try to have something that requires one.

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RE: Does it matter? always?
by v.alexeev on Tue 5th Feb 2008 12:06 in reply to "Does it matter? always?"
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Second to this one.

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