Recently, I was asked to name my favourite programmers.
I only have one programming hero. His name is Satoru Iwata, the former President of Nintendo.
I particularly enjoyed this 1994 interview, where he described the qualities of great programmers.
The qualities I look for when hiring a programmer for my company are curiosity, ambition, and whether he can sacrifice other things to achieve their goals.
The ability to focus is also a major point.
Those who think that knowledge of C or Assembly is going to help them are, in my view, mistaken. Consider the world of video games: ten years ago no one thought you’d be able to play Donkey Kong on your TV at home. The technical knowledge of today will no longer be useful in ten years. In contrast, we want to hire adaptable people who are looking toward tomorrow’s challenges.
Who are your favourite programmers? Who do you admire?