Criteria to recognize a Good Programmer

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Here are a few indicators to separate Good Programmers from the whole crowd . 

Me as a Kid

Things to Look For in a Programmer :

  • Passionate about technology
  • Programs as a hobby
  • Will talk your ear off on a technical subject if encouraged
  • Significant (and often numerous) personal side-projects over the years
  • Learns new technologies on his/her own
  • Opinionated about which technologies are better for various usages
  • Very uncomfortable about the idea of working with a technology he doesn’t believe to be “right”
  • Clearly smart, can have great conversations on a variety of topics
  • Started programming long before university/work
  • Has some hidden “icebergs”, large personal projects under the CV radar
  • Knowledge of a large variety of unrelated technologies (may not be on CV)

Good indicators of a bad Programmer :

  • Thinks Programming is a day job
  • Doesn’t really want to talk a lot about technology
  • Learns new technologies only in college/company-sponsored courses
  • Happy to work with whatever technology you’ve picked, “all technologies are good
  • Doesn’t seem too smart
  • Started programming at university
  • All programming experience is on the CV
  • Focused mainly on one or two technology stacks (e.g. everything to do with developing a java application), with no experience outside of it
So guys try to improve your Good Indicators and remove your bad indicators .