Brogrammers trust each other, teach each other, and help each other.
Grunjstars like to lecture, pontificate, and criticize. They look over your back and are watching their own.
Brogrammers are confident collaborators who search for pragmatic solutions to fit everyone’s priorities.
Grunjstars are arrogant individualists who espouse fundamental principles and miss the point of Getting Sh*t Done.
if you're not writing can't write the equivalent of a device driver -- you're not doing real programming a real programmer?
Can you pick up an Arduino or a Parallax Propeller Quickstart and, being totally unfamiliar with it, get it doing something useful in a day or two? If so, you're a programmer. If not, you're a scripter at best.
Translation: There was one girl who took off her shoes and put her bare feet in the tub. She was getting hit on by marketing guys while this brogrammer stood in the kitchen and drank.
This just illustrates that these trend pieces live in their own bubble. 99% of programming happens outside of the confines of Facebook/Google/Twitter/SF startup. -- geoff.
I associate brogrammers with Ruby and Rails and saving repositories to GitHub and 11" Mac Airs and laughing at PHP or .NET programmers for their terrible security record. -- zoo
But, we're more a "drinking Fat Tire and listen to Die Antwoord" group than this "Brogrammer" crap.
Web development isn't programming.
This "brogramming" thing is what you do when you know you aren't really a programmer (or a very good one) and you are overcompensating.
Doing the stuff that you do once you have that functionality, which most web developers have from the get-go via frameworks and such, is not programming.
Of late I have experienced my almost helpless impotence in the face of an extremely powerful toolset with an almost unapproachably towering library of features and functions; accomplishing anything with the tools is a matter of learning the arcana to figure out which mysterious black levers to pull in what sequence.
There's a simple test to determine your value as a programmer - how many people's lives have been made easier or more fun by your software? Languages, architectures, algorithms and geek purity metrics are so far outside relevance to that question that they can be written off as pure wank.
Sigh... so we're officially in the age of douchebags wearing sunglasses while using a computer. I want to go back to the days of plain old nerds sitting at desks with dignity.
"minority leaders picketed Google’s Mountain View headquarters Thursday, asking the Internet giant and other large valley companies to disclose their workplace diversity data . . . minority leaders criticized Google, Apple and 20 other Silicon Valley tech companies that refused to share their work force diversity data with them. The leaders called on the federal government to review the H-1B work visa program that technology companies use to hire engineers from abroad unless the companies comply. The groups are filing a complaint with the federal government, saying that of 34 Silicon Valley tech companies from which they requested work force data, only 12 agreed to share it."
"They say that sexism in Silicon Valley isn’t blatant but it is there — on multiple occasions, I have doubted my intelligence and aptitude because of an unpleasant interaction with a condescending male where my voice was literally bulldozed over with a constellation of overwhelming facts and rationalizations. Sadly, I never experienced this before coming to Silicon Valley. There were always various reasons for my silence, but this wasn’t one of them. I was always smart, confident in my quiet, industrious nature, and bold when it came to advocating for things that really mattered to me. But here, I find myself uncharacteristically quiet. Quiet not because of my personality, but quiet because I’m afraid." - Karen Song, Founder, Newsfly.org
The truth of the Silicon Valley is that it is very diverse... but also rather segregated. And you're much more likely to get an "in" to the best jobs if you happen to be white and happen to be male.
Yeah, it's not enough that I use vim for editing config files or whatever other one off stuff. When I start up an IDE they call me a sissy.
For a high school science fair three friends and me once implemented a tic-tac-toe playing neural network using glass marbles and paper cups. It became unbeatable after 2 hours. We were beaten to first place by a team of cute girls making liquid nitrogen ice cream (where is the science in pouring LN over fruit juice?)
Next year we built a little electro-mechanical robot that could be programmed with hand perforated cards. We lost to a team of jocks with different samples of bull semen under microscopes, and who were taking bets for the fastest sperm. It was not bull semen.
These segregated, US-based startups may be primarily Chinese... or perhaps Indian... but they are rarely Latino or Black... and rarely primarily geared to and run by women. So while you can have online games and communities where the proportion of females users is impressive -- often in excess of 60% -- you're extremely unlikely to see the coders be women at that ratio. And that opportunity difference and unintentional segregation is both avoidable and unfortunate, all the way around.
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