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The problems described by the article are certainly real problems I've seen and seem like an indications of someone who indeed hasn't taken the time to deeply understand the programming process. But the term "bad programmer" and the general attitude of the article seems deeply mean-spirited,

I would rather work with an actual "bad programmer" than with the kind of person who'd spend their time thinking up "alternative careers" for these people.

In my experience just about everybody fancies themselves a great programmer and considers anybody who doesn't know (insert semi-random list of skills) to be a shitty programmer.

I kinda think it's like the Roth test for obscenity. I can't really explain what makes a shitty programmer, but "I know it when I see it."

I don't know about that.

Most people I've worked with over the years have understood their limitations and would never consider themselves great, with the possible exception of half a dozen or so folks, who truly are great.

There have, of course, been exceptions, too.

My opinion is probably tainted by my own working experiences. I've run into various mediocre IT pros who have been at it for a while and possibly are trying to appear smart for purposes of job security.

I've only had the pleasure of working with a handful of what I considered truly great programmers. I don't think a single one of them considered themselves to be "great" even though I thought they were.

I get what you're saying and the programmer community can be a mean and snarky place, but I'm not sure there is too much ill-will in the article.

Thinking that you are better than another person just because they haven't focused on your own domain of knowledge is arrogant and delusional, and in my experience many of the truly great are humble in the extreme (think Dunning–Kruger effect).

That said, a bad programmer can be a big problem if you are victim to their work. The same could be said for a bad taxi-driver or chef.

I think the article is more in the spirit of making fun of bad practices than character assassination, and that's something I can support :)

I spent about an afternoon on it.

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