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Good programmers don’t all look alike

A lot of people think that the best programmers have the same attributes, like…

  • They keep odd hours, working well into the early morning hours.
  • They use a lot of fancy programming words even when they are speaking to non-programmers.
  • They eat nothing but pizza.

You get the idea.

But we need to get away from these stereotypes. I propose a different set of attributes:

  • They deliver what they promised, and it works.
  • They communicate effectively with users and stakeholders at all levels.
  • They have integrity.

Don’t look at superficial stereotypical attributes when hiring a freelance programmer. Instead focus on the attributes that mean something for your business.

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