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Friday, December 12, 2008

Can good programmers be part of a SDLC?

From the security balance blog. SDLC is the Security Development Lifecycle for all of you non-acronym junkies :-).

I disagree with the definition of "good programmer". In my opinion being a good programmer is not just about being able to bang out X lines of quality code per hour. It's about knowing your limits, and searching for ways to extend them (static analysis, metrics, continuous integration, unit testing - these are all about keeping yourself in check). No one is infallible and the most dangerous people are the ones who believe they are. Such cowboy / wild west programming only leads to problems.

In conclusion: good programmers by definition are willing to embrace solutions (be they technical or procedural) to extend their limits. Those who don't - are not good programmers, they are a liability.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:43 AM

    I agree with you. Good programmers must be flexible and can play in team oriented environment observing structure and processes. Don't who have a lot of hang-ups in doing things don't deserve to be referred to as good programmers at all.