How do you spot a beginner programmer?

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Mudassir Ali
Feb 10, 2020 05:31 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 10, 2020 05:31 AM

Beginner programmers say things like:

What languages do you know? I know HTML and C++!
You’re not a software developer you’re a coder, you don’t have a CS degree!
You’re not a coder, you’re a software engineer, you have a CS degree!
But where do I actually write the code?
That will definitely only take a week.
This C program is almost done, only a few more errors before it’ll compile!
Stackoverflow is for beginners
The end of the project is the easiest part! Home stretch!
Experienced programmers say things like:

I’m good at web development, especially using the LAMP stack! I’ve also written some firmware in C
I’m a software developer, software engineer, computer scientist, coder, programmer, and/or computer nerd, depending on who I’m talking to, what I’m talking about, and what the purpose of the conversation is.
I’m a software developer, software engineer, computer scientist, coder, programmer, and/or computer nerd, depending on who I’m talking to, what I’m talking about, and what the purpose of the conversation is.
dude you can even use notepad who cares?
I think it’ll take about a week, but who the f@#% knows, last time I said that it took 6 months!
God damn it’s gonna be a long night, I JUST got this damn C program to finally compile an hour ago, barely dented the debugging 🙁
I’d just like to thank Stackoverflow for all of the success related to my career, YOU DA REAL MVP!!!
The first 20% of the project takes the first 80% of the effort, the last 20% of the project takes the last 80% of effort!
Edit: many people have suggested my math is wrong on the very last point, but I can assure you I meant to say it that way!

Edit 2: wow, my answers used to be so poorly written. I cringe looking at this, how did this become my most viewed answer??

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