The Best Comment Ever (No, I Didn’t Write It)
Disclaimer: I didn’t write this and take no credit for it whatsoever. edw519 wrote it as a comment on Hacker News, which you can see here: 3 Simple Rules That Will Make You a ‘Superstar’ Developer – or at the time of writing on the wonderful HN Best Comments page. However, I’m terrified that this zen-like jewel will become lost in comment-page obscurity. Also I want an easy way to link to it, so here it is without further commentary:
A smart accountant once told me that the answer to “How much money did you make?” is always, “Who wants to know?” If it’s an investor, the answer is “A lot.” If it’s a customer, the answer is “A little.” If it’s the IRS, the answer is “None.”
Same thing here. The answer to “Who is a superstar developer?” is always, “Who wants to know?”
To a project manager, the programmer who hits every deadline (regardless of quality) is a superstar.
To a customer, the programmer who solves their problem quickest is a superstar.
To a business owner, the programmer who makes them the most money is a superstar.
To a PHB, the programmer who makes them look the best is the superstar.
To a journalist, the programmer who tells the best stories is the superstar.
To a junior programmer, the best mentor is the superstar.
To another programmer, the programmer they are most likely to want to go into battle with is the superstar.
— edw519, writing an incredible comment on an otherwise unworthy Hacker News story.