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As a fellow programmer: the worst programmer is the guy who doesn't want to consult other programmers and who doesn't think other programmers might have important insight into datastructures etc.

My experience: the better the programmer, the more willing to ask/involve other people.

This is an important thing to realize.

For most teams, the differences in backgrounds and experience provide different perspectives that are key to a good design or decision.

More importantly, any meaningful system/product is large and complex enough one person can't know everything or have considered all of the implications.

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