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General Development "In order to be an effective programmer, you need to possess a combination of traits that allow your skill, experience, and knowledge to produce working code. There are some technically skilled developers who will never be effective because they lack the other traits needed. Here are seven traits that are necessary to become a great programmer."
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RE[3]: Almost not accurate
by leos on Mon 6th May 2013 16:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Almost not accurate"
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

What it means, is you hate repeating stuff over and over. You are "lazy" and therefore program something to do it for you. (IMHO this is the number one trait in a good programmer)

For example if i want to change 10 lines of text in a file, i wont open a text editor and use the keyboard to manually do the repetitive task. I will use a regular expression and sed in a one line script to do it for me.


And the person doing it manually for 10 lines will be done faster. The trick is to know when it is worth the time to automate and when it isn't.

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RE[4]: Almost not accurate
by timalot on Mon 6th May 2013 21:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Almost not accurate"
timalot Member since:
2006-07-17

We are talking about being a programmer here. Not the fastest... if you think a bit about there are additional benefits to doing it programatically.

And to let you know, after being "lazy" all these years, i probably could write the script to modify these lines in similar time to doing it manually.

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