in reply to What kind of programmer are you?

How about:

   7. Compulsive Problem Solver

I program because I like to solve real problems for real people. I get a real buzz out of seeing people use something I built (even if they don't say thank you). I particularly like picking up problems that other people have given up on. That's why I generally use a programming language that "makes the hard things possible".

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Re: Re: What kind of programmer are you?
by Elgon (Curate) on May 06, 2003 at 09:10 UTC

    This is an excellent description of many programmers I've met and I'd certainly include myself among this category. There is one this I do tend to find occasionally, which is that I get the most enjoyment actually solving the problem in my head and once I know the actual way of doing it I sometimes lose interest a bit. This makes it hard sometimes to really make the code I write down excellent.

    I'm not so sure that it is as simple as the above categories might suggest as I think that most people are hybrids of two or more of these types to varying degrees. I'm certainly a mixture of hobbyist, evil monopolist (circa 1-2%) and obsessive-compulsive problem solver.

    Elgon

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Re: Re: What kind of programmer are you?
by michaeld (Monk) on May 06, 2003 at 08:39 UTC

    Nice one! ++ to you...

    I think I'll ask managemant to change my job-title into "The Solutioner".

    Cheers,
    MichaelD

Re: Re: What kind of programmer are you?
by The Mad Hatter (Priest) on May 06, 2003 at 15:28 UTC
    You've hit the nail on the head. I'm a mixture of hobbyist and compulsive problem solver. I tend to lose interest fairly quickly in stuff that I or someone else doesn't use.

    My largest project was only started and still exists because my friends and I had a need. It is now used daily and I'm still strongly developing it and adding new features. It's great; 97% of the time, seeing people use my stuff is what drives me to code.

Re: Re: What kind of programmer are you?
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on May 06, 2003 at 13:42 UTC
    Have you been talking to my wife? That's what she calls me ...

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Re: Re: What kind of programmer are you?
by Anonymous Monk on May 07, 2003 at 15:44 UTC

    Thank you :)