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mcalex

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PostPosted: Sat 10 Oct 2009, 12:22    Post subject:  

you're on to the answer
droope wrote:
I think it's like art

Q) who is the best artist - whether that is painting, music, movies, literature, or whatever?
A) whoever the artist's peers choose as best from amongst their ranks. Note also, that there's a new 'best artist' every year. Smile
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dawg

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PostPosted: Sat 10 Oct 2009, 12:35    Post subject:  

Tough one. So many variables to consider Smile
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muggins

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PostPosted: Sun 11 Oct 2009, 06:20    Post subject:  

Surely the best programmer is the one who wrote the best program...IE?
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PostPosted: Sun 11 Oct 2009, 08:14    Post subject:  

Hmmm .....

"The Tao Of Programming"
take a peek at the simplified online version

In the early years of Win95, I've had the pleasure of reading the book "The Tao of Programming" by Geoffrey James ..... It was an entertaining spoof of the taoist texts ... It's "subtlety" helped me deal with the many different "forms and shapes of programmers" that I've encountered over the years ...

Having being involved with this "art form" for quite a while, I find these movie quotes applicable to many "master programmer" aspirants :

"There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path" - Morpheus, The Matrix

"I don't know exactly. I just see the code in my head, I can't explain it." - Stanley Jobson, Swordfish

I could relate to the character Stanley Jobson as there are times when I couldn't explain it either .....


Rgds
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Aitch


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PostPosted: Sat 17 Oct 2009, 22:10    Post subject:  

droope

I would say the answer needs to be akin to the jeep philosophy

just enough essential parts

a program:

it must function

it must be efficient

it must be cost effective

it must be useful

it must be easy to implement

users will adore it

the person who can do this is the best program-mer

therefore the answer is ...

MER

logic is fun, eh? Laughing

PS: when did Barry K change his name to MER...? Laughing

my 2nd contender would be Max Reason of xbasics fame

http://www.maxreason.com/

Aitch Smile
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