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What Makes a
Great Developer?

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Question of the Hour

Yoda from Star Wars

Want to Be
a Great Developer?

Four characters gathered around a computer from an early scene of the film The Social Network

Want to Know
Great Developers?

Four characters gathered around a computer from a scene in the film Hackers

Want to Hire
Great Developers?

Protagonist and antaognist from the film Antitrust

Want to Create
Great Developers?

The character Morpheus from the dojo fight scene in the film The Matrix

What Makes a
Developer Great?

The actor Daniel Radcliffe portraying the character Harry Potter from the eponymous books and films

No Single / Simple Answer

The answer to life, the universe, and everything from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

We Must Find Our Own

The characters Morpheus and Neo in the red pill-blue pill scene in the film The Matrix

PHP Women


PHPWomen logo

PHP Mentoring


Photo of me showing another conference attendee something on my laptop

Critical Skills

What qualities must a junior developer have?

Photo of child Jedi potentials from a scene in the Star Wars prequel films

Desire to Learn

Montage of the character Neo as he's learning martial arts from the film The Matrix

Desire to Improve

The character Joey from the film Hackers as he hacks into Ellingson

Capacity for Patience

The character Miyagi from the Karate Kid films


What qualities must a senior developer have?

The character Luke Skywalker as portrayed in the film Return of the Jedi

It's Not About Code

Green and black code from the film The Matrix
adj. characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected

It's Not About Perfection

The character The Architect from the Matrix film trilogy
Jay and Kay in the film Men in Black


The actor Ron Glass portraying the character Shepherd Book in the TV series Firefly


Members of the Binar race from an episode of the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation

Related: Conway's Law

A model of the Millenium Falcon ship from the Star Wars films, built out of Lego blocks

Explain It To a Kid?

Photo of my four kids sitting in a park with our dogs
The character Dade from a scene in the film Hackers during which he uses social engineering to hack into a TV network

Practice Empathy

The main cast from the TV series Sense8
n. the profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one's own they are constantly living despite one's personal lack of awareness of it
n. the ability to understand and share another's feelings
n. feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune

Open Sourcing
Mental Illness


Screenshot of the OSMI web site

Practice Humility

The characters Simon and Kaylee from the TV series Firefly

Separate Identity
From Work

The character Echo portraying a hostage negotiator in the TV series Dollhouse

Better Than You Find

Three main characters in the fax machine scene from the film Office Space
Comic strip with the caption 'Code Quality Measurement: WTFs/Minute'

Be Curious

The android B-4 as portrayed by actor Brent Spiner in the film Star Trek: Nemesis

Share Your Knowledge

The characters Yoda and Luke Skywalker during the latter's training on Dagobah in the Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back

Further Resources

The character Rey handing a light saber to Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars film The Force Awakens

Going Pro

A past talk and current book by Cal Evans

Cal Evans

Professional Development, Professional Developers

A talk by Steve Grunwell

Steve Grunwell

How to Be
a Great Developer

A talk by Ed Finkler

Ed Finkler

The Art of Programming

A recorded talk by Erika Heidi

Erika Heidi

Empathy Gives You Superpowers

A talk by Matt Stauffer

Matt Stauffer

Silence is Deadly

A talk by Amanda Folson

Amanda Folson

What Makes a
Great Developer?

What Makes a
Great Developer Person?

That's All, Folks

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