I recently stumbled across a great Steve McConnell essay on the personalities of programmers. The opening quote alone is worth taking a look at the article... I'm still periodically breaking out laughing. Apparently this essay is from "After the Gold Rush, 2nd Edition". I think it's a great essay for explaining to friends what makes programming a unique profession, in a way that non-technical people can understand. It does a great job of detailing the unique career hazards a programmer faces, partially due to their personalities, and partially due to the software development culture at many companies.
It's interesting that ISTJ is the most common personality type among computer programmers, considering that I'm doing just fine as an INFP.
McConnell is so full of himself. What a puff piece for himself that article is. And he doesn't even understand the Myers-Briggs.
Wow Dennis, you're so full of yourself. You don't even understand McConnell.
What struck me most forcefully were the discrepancies between this article (late 2002) and a couple of frequent themes on this forum:
That's odd: most of the programmers I've known well enough to get a M/B out of them have been INTP, myself included.
Mathematical Dunce: From what I can tell from this article, McConnell's presenting a long-term view on available jobs. He freely admits that there will be cyclical ups and downs in the job market. Right now, there's a job crunch, but it's "only" been around for a couple of years. McConnell's data starts in 1960 and projects out through .
Brent P. Newhall
The article's conclusion seems overly optimistic, considering the stories we've heard (or in some cases, lived) the last two or three years.
How many 60, 70 and 80 year old people have you seen looking for work as a developer? The question doesn't make any sense if you're talking quantity, it only makes sense if you talk percentages.
You are right that there aren't a lot of over 60 developers looking for work. Software development hasn't been around very long and it has been expanding, so the number of older workers is going to be relatively small.
Developers at my current employer, roughly speaking:
Brent P. Newhall
At last employer,
Ed the Millwright
ENTJ here, and striking fear in the hearts of co-workers for more than a decade! Muahahahahaha! :-p
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