Wednesday, November 01, 2006


What is the most important phrase in software development?

I bet you're thinking "It was on fire when I found it!" aren't you? Well, that might be the second most useful phrase, but joking aside, I believe that this is the most useful:

Don't take anything personally.

It encompasses all of the following traits of good programmers:
  • Being open to the ideas and opinions of others.
  • Being humble.
  • Not letting ego play a part in your thinking and decision making.
  • Not being affronted by other people's suggestions.
  • A willingness to learn from others.

Early on in my career I will freely admit that I was guilty of not following this advice often enough.


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