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You bring up a point that many programmers fail to grasp: we're a team. A few members of the team, in no particular order:

  • Programmers
  • System administrators
  • Database administrators
  • Janitors
  • Secretaries
  • Sales representatives
  • ... many, many more...

Hubris can be one of the cardinal virtues of programmers, but they misunderstand. Hubris can be defined as excessive pride, but in the case of programming, it should be defined as "the quality that makes you write (and maintain) programs that other people won't want to say bad things about." Lamentably, too many programmers are arrogant enough to think that they are the most important element.

Our office manager handles much of the paperwork for me. I have never had to bill a client here. Our sales rep is excellent and is pulling in quality contracts for us. We have a cleaning lady who comes in weekly and makes my life much easier (and knows better than to rearrange my files).

Without them, and many others, I wouldn't have my job. It's a team effort and everyone needs to understand how they can rely on the others (and that means trusting the others).


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In reply to (Ovid) Re: Why I hate Perl (discussion) by Ovid
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