To be a good programmer, you definitely need the ambition to become a good system analyst.
By mastering all the details of a language, some languages, a tool, some tools, you can become a skilled programmer, but if one never challenge himself, and tries to think things from a higher level, from a system view, he would never really become a good programmer.
If it is one just take programming as a job, then you can expect how much progress he could make within the next 10, or 20 years.
If one is not interested to know what the recent progresses are, in computer science as a whole, but just entirely focus on what he himself is doing, he would not be a good programmer.
If one does not recognize the talent of others, does not know how to team with others, he would not be a good programmer.
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