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Chapter 7. Homo Logicus > Programmers Act Like Jocks

Programmers Act Like Jocks

Probably the most surprising thing about good programmers is that they act like jocks. I use the term very consciously because it is freighted with overtones of immaturity, egotism, and competitiveness, as well as physical strength and coordination.

The term jock reminds me of high-school physical-education classes. Some teenaged boys are gifted with bigger, stronger musculature and well-coordinated bodies. These boys excel in organized athletics, but they also find that they can dominate the smaller, weaker kids in unofficial contests of strength and agility. These jocks not only dominate on the diamond or gridiron, but they dominate the weaker boys in the locker room and on the school playground, outside of sanctioned competition.


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