The cowboy coder.

By | April 13, 2017

Sometimes you meet a coder from the wild west. He is highly prized by business and despised by his peers – enter the cowboy coder!

  • Usually home grown.
  • Works alone.
  • Pushes features out at a tremendous rate.
  • Hates process.
  • Lives for the lime light and pleasing his superiors.
  • Does not believe in structure or design. Design and testing is for the weak. Action now – action always!
  • He is the klingon coder with the keyboard of the warrior coder, kahless.
  • This guys knows all the shortcuts and have explanations and arguments for everything.
  • In reality only knows enough about each topic to be dangerous.
  • You are questioning his honor by reviewing or testing his work.
  • Testers quiver in fear to log a bug in his name.
  • His work is kept together with magic from the dark arts.
  • No one wants to work in his domain.
  • No one can work in his domain.
  • Business fears for the day he leaves.
  • Once he leaves, his work becomes monuments, everyone hoping it will withstand the winds of time.
  • but…. Business loves him.

Does this sound like someone you know?

Category: Rants

About Wayne Clifford Barker

I am a husband, father, blogger, gardener, fish keeper and cyclist. In my professional capacity I am the solution architect and technical lead for Assima Core Team. Me and my team are responsible for all the infrastructure and cross cutting concerns of the product; security, diagnostic and auditing. We are also responsible for scaling, deployment, hosting, performance testing and load testing. It is difficult to put me in a box and say “This is what I can do as a person” as technology and requirements change every year, my skills change. In the end I help engineer sustainable business solutions.

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