Are Storytellers The Best Programmers?

July 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm 1 comment

I’ve had this article sitting in my queue to write about for quite awhile.  On the one hand, “storytelling” misses the careful Engineering-like attention to detail that is necessary to code well.  On the other hand, “storytelling” is a form of self-explanation that relates to Darrin’s recent comment about how important that’s been for him in his experience as a professional software developer.

“As for learning how to code, I think good storytellers make the best programmers. I used to freak prospective employees out by having them write a story for me instead of the “what’s wrong with this code?” tests. But it showed me who was able to think well, organized, creatively, and filled in the details.”

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