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