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I think that in programing, like most other fields of endeavour, there are four main traits:

  1. Those who treat it as work--a means to an end.

    Always employed, rarely inspired.

  2. Those who treat it as an artform--an end in itself.

    Often inspired, often unemployed.

  3. Those who treat it as a subject, often one of many, to be explored, expanded upon and shared.

    Often employed doing something else, or employing others. Always inspiring.

  4. Those who use their knowledge as a cudgle with which to beat others over the head.

    Usually employed. Never inspired. Never inspiring.

Most people are a little of all of them. The critical factor is the mix.

Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
Lingua non convalesco, consenesco et abolesco.
Rule 1 has a caveat! -- Who broke the cabal?

In reply to Re: Trained Perl professional or self-taught hack? by BrowserUk
in thread Trained Perl professional or self-taught hack? by punch_card_don

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