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So, like, what's the difference . . . [Aug. 10th, 2015|07:05 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
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. . . between a programmer, a good programmer and a great programmer, some fool asked:

A programmer comments and documents their code fairly well.  Some do this because it actually helps them to consolidate their thoughts and produce a cohesive software design.

Good programmers document their code very sparsely and usually only after having been threatened by their supervisor or the overall project manager.  They have transcended any personal need for documentation and consider it to be beneath them and a lot like talking to yourself--something only distracted, muttering looneys do.

A Great Programmer has never commented a line of code in his/her life.  They code like they breath.  It just happens.  They have transcended the need for any interpersonal contact with anyone but themselves and, like The Operating System in the movie "Her," are seriously considering relocating outside of this frame of existence altogether.  They get away with this because management knows that there is no friggin' way anyone else is going to divine and master the operating principles behind their code in time to complete and deliver it.  All that can be done is to offer prayer and sacrifice to the Great Programmer and pray they do not become angry for any reason.