real world programming

Programmer Personality Test

Posted by kevinup on July 2, 2007

The below, for the most part, pegs me. The one I’m not sure about is the solo programmer. I’m a big believer in peer programming and code reviews by peers before checking in code.

On the other hand, I’m not a big fan of big teams. I’ve been on projects that there are so many monkeys in the kitchen, that you can’t tell what’s for dinner with all the sh*t getting thrown around. Also with more people usually comes more overhead for making changes: Oh! So you want to re-architect that module? Let’s get both tech leads, a senior developer, the architect, the project manager, and the client to sign off on it. My ideal team is probably around 3 developers, a project manager, and someone to order pizzas J

You’re a Doer.
You are very quick at getting tasks done. You believe the outcome is the most important part of a task and the faster you can reach that outcome the better. After all, time is money.

You like coding at a Low level.
You’re from the old school of programming and believe that you should have an intimate relationship with the computer. You don’t mind juggling registers around and spending hours getting a 5% performance increase in an algorithm.

You work best in a Solo situation.
The best way to program is by yourself. There’s no communication problems, you know every part of the code allowing you to write the best programs possible.

You are a Conservative programmer.
The less code you write, the less chance there is of it containing a bug. You write short and to the point code that gets the job done efficiently.


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