Thursday, November 15, 2007

Feral Programmer


Feral Programmer: A programmer who has no notion whatsoever of common, socially acceptable programming practices or knowledge of available tools and technologies. The feral programmer is not necessarily a bad coder, and sometimes could be labeled a savant, but is generally impossible to work with due to the complete lack of any common framework of understanding. Somewhat of a corollary to Not Invented Here syndrome, the feral programmer is either just completely unaware or uncomprehending of most inventions in the field. Behaviors include: creating flat file databases, version control systems or their own web service architecture built of packet sniffers, frequently using only Perl.

1 comments:

Dan said...

Why does "feral" have to have such an anti-social component. Feral dogs return to a state of non-domestication still run in packs.

Maybe a feral programmer has just returned to his natural state of nature after being tamed for a period of time. Often aggressive toward non-pack individuals but ultimately obeying and thriving in the social order of his / her cohort. :)