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Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming

Posted in Asides, Programming and Software Development, Technology by engtech on May 16, 2006

Based on the 1971's "The Psychology of Computer Programming":  

  1. Understand and accept that you will make mistakes.
  2. You are not your code.
  3. No matter how much "karate" you know, someone else will always know more. 
  4. Don't rewrite code without consultation.
  5. Treat people who know less than you with respect, deference, and patience.
  6. The only constant in the world is change.
  7. The only true authority stems from knowledge, not from position.
  8. Fight for what you believe, but gracefully accept defeat.
  9. Don't be "the guy in the room."
  10. Critique code instead of people—be kind to the coder, not to the code.

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