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 for real programmer
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  Real Programmer
          [indirectly, from the book Real Men Don't Eat Quiche] A particular
          sub-variety of hacker: one possessed of a flippant attitude toward
          complexity that is arrogant even when justified by experience. The
          archetypal Real Programmer likes to program on the bare metal and
          is very good at same, remembers the binary opcodes for every machine
          he has ever programmed, thinks that HLLs are sissy, and uses a
          debugger to edit his code because full-screen editors are for wimps.
          Real Programmers aren't satisfied with code that hasn't been tuned
          into a state of tenseness just short of rupture. Real Programmers
          never use comments or write documentation: "If it was hard to
          write", says the Real Programmer, "it should be hard to understand."
          Real Programmers can make machines do things that were never in
          their spec sheets; in fact, they are seldom really happy unless
          doing so. A Real Programmer's code can awe with its fiendish
          brilliance, even as its crockishness appalls. Real Programmers live
          on junk food and coffee, hang line-printer art on their walls, and
          terrify the crap out of other programmers -- because someday,
          somebody else might have to try to understand their code in order to
          change it. Their successors generally consider it a Good Thing
          that there aren't many Real Programmers around any more. For a
          famous (and somewhat more positive) portrait of a Real Programmer,
          see The Story of Mel' in Appendix A. The term itself was popularized
          by a letter to the editor in the July 1983 Datamation titled Real
          Programmers Don't Use Pascal by Ed Post, still circulating on Usenet
          and Internet in on-line form.
          Typing Real Programmers Don't Use Pascal into a web search engine
          should turn up a copy.

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