Bacon is bad for you: the dangers of a dev monoculture

If you - as someone who works with code - were asked what qualities make someone a great programmer, you'd probably describe qualities you yourself possess. (There's nothing wrong with that, it's just how people work.) Interestingly, though, there's a chance that if asked to describe a great programmer as a person, you'd end up describing someone else. You might say something like this:

A great programmer likes a lot of time alone and freedom from distractions, so they prefer to work at night. They're extremely rational and brilliant, but on the other hand lack social skills and are likely to be poor at basic personal care such as getting enough exercise, nutrition, or sleep. They become frustrated easily. Programming is their only true interest, but they enjoy related hobbies like science fiction, video games, and internet memes.

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