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Discussion on: Ron, The Untouchable, Invincible, No-Good Developer

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Adam Nathaniel Davis Author

Feedback is always a touchy subject. When you mix feedback with developer egos, there's a distinct danger of it turning explosive.

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Patrick Kelly

Hah, so I'm not the only one who sees it. As an outsider who does this as a hobby, I regularly find myself... confused... by the behavior of many developers. There's certain behaviors and egos you see far more often in this field than in others.

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Adam Nathaniel Davis Author

As a long time dev myself who does this for fun and for profit, it would be easy to assume that I'm a dyed-in-the-wool "developer advocate". But I know my colleagues. Hell, I even know myself. And I know that sometimes devs are not the most rational people in the world to deal with.

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Patrick Kelly

It reminds me of surgeons, actually. Only in medicine surgeons are a minority, and nurses tend to be good about giving attitude back to keep things in check. Where's the collaborative checks in development? From what I hear, designers, testers, documenters, etc, largely operate as entirely seperate groups.

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Adam Nathaniel Davis Author

IMHO, the "checks" employed by most companies come down to minimizing the dev role. In other words, they tend to avoid any problems from the devs' attitudes by excluding the devs from as much of the app-design process as possible.

As you can imagine, this approach causes... other negative side effects.

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Patrick Kelly

I've been debating whether I want to work professionally in this field. Advancement in medicine has high costs, and I quite like programming. Been doing it as a hobby for fifteen years now. You've definitely given me a question I want to ask at interviews.