2009-06-20-a-software-developer-needs-resolve

A software developer needs resolve

There are many, many traits needed to be a good (or great) software developer.  You see them mentioned everywhere:  math skills, deductive reasoning, curiousity, craftmanship, etc..  I also think they need resolve.

Resolve to push through the tough times and the easy times.  All of us are expected to adapt to new or changing requirements.  A lot of us must also push through the moribund things we have done a 100 times and offer no challenge whatsoever.  Just this week, I was cruising through some website changes in classic ASP, when one phone call turned the whole week to....well, nasty.

Just look at this example from Computerworld.  I can guarantee you there are software developers involved in the decisions making process at these small businesses, helping decide whether to buy, build or maintain.  That takes resolve too.

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