1 min read

How to be a (good) programmer

My favorite: "How to be a Programmer: A Short, Comprehensive, and Personal Summary" by Robert L Read

How to be a Programmer by Robert L. Read is a really good read.

My most favorite:

"Life is too short to write crap nobody will read; if you write crap, nobody will read it. [...] If someone absolutely insists that you write truly useless documentation, say 'yes' and quietly begin looking for a better job."

This is what I say to people writing comments like:
/** this method returns monster's health */
float getMonsterHealth();


"You should go home if you are thinking suicidal thoughts."

This is what I used to say to myself when working on 'chick chick BOOM'. :-)


"Estimation takes practice. It also takes labor. It takes so much labor it may be a good idea to estimate the time it will take to make the estimate, especially if you are asked to estimate something big."


"Difficult people do change and improve. I've seen it with my own eyes, but it is very rare."

This is what I definitely can confirm.


"You may even be a difficult person yourself."


Latest Jobs


Playa Vista, California
Audio Engineer

Digital Extremes

London, Ontario, Canada
Communications Director

High Moon Studios

Carlsbad, California
Senior Producer

Build a Rocket Boy Games

Edinburgh, Scotland
Lead UI Programmer
More Jobs   


Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter


Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Follow us


Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more