Wednesday, December 12, 2007

John Gilmore's test of a good programmer

John Gilmore suggested to me a test of a good programmer: one who has written a piece of software that at least 1000 people have downloaded from the Internet.

- Arun Mehta

2 comments:

Sophia said...

Hi,
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Thank you,
Sophie Vierra
Programmer
www.chessboss.com.

D. Patrick Caldwell said...

That's an interesting thought. What if you write SaaS applications? Nobody downloads them but I get thousands of users a day? What does John Gilmore think of that?

I'm trying to conduct a survey on what makes a good programmer and would appreciate your input. If you'd encourage your readers to take the survey to, that'd be awesome!

The survey can be found here: What Really Makes a Good Programmer Survey.

Thanks,
Patrick