[Purdue-pm] Picking a programmer

derrick derrick at csociety.org
Thu Aug 21 08:11:43 PDT 2014

I'll throw out the ideas of:

1. problem solving
2. curiosity
3. creativity

I'm interested in curiosity and creativity because requirements for 
projects are rarely well defined with first given. There ends up being a 
few revisions/clarifications as each side interprets them. Being able to 
figure out what people really want and tease out the use cases seems to 
be more of an art than a science.

Understanding multiple programming paradigms (functional, procedural, 
object oriented, vector) is more interesting to me than knowing multiple 
languages. I feel that language is a lot about knowing the correct 
syntax, a little about understanding peculiarities between languages. 
Knowing how to think through a problem using a paradigm allows you to 
approach a problem from many angles, weighing the benefits of each.


On 08/20/2014 11:29 AM, Ken mcNamara wrote:
> If you needed to hire a programmer for an important project...
> What do you look for?
> Multiple languages?
> System agnostic?
> Prefers programming to eating/sleeping?
> What qualities make a good programmer?
> Any thoughts would be appreciated.
> KenMc
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