Sven De Baets (A pragmatic programmer)



“Programming is a craft. At it simplest, it comes down to getting a computer to do what you want it to do. As a programmer, you are part listener, part advisor, part interpreter and part dictator… You try to document your work so that others can understand it, and you try to engineer your work so that others can build on it. What’s more, you try to do all of this against the relentless ticking of the project clock. You work small miracles every day.

It’s a difficult job”

From the book “The pragmatic programmer”
by  Andrew Hunt and David Thomas ISBN 0-201-61622-X

As a pragmatic programmer, I care about my craft. Being an IT consultant is more than writing code. It is about providing solutions that work. As consultants, we need to provide the best guidance in making these solutions work, always being eager to learn new things and enrich our skill set. After all, these are  the tools we use to build solutions.

Being a consultant is also about communication and empathy. We need to listen to our clients and provide options, not excuses.

Finally, we need to care about the quality of our work. If we don’t care about it, nobody else will. This means going the extra mile and not doing something because it’s fun but because it’s necessary (of course, one should always try to have  as much fun as possible).

Text Box: Available 01-01-2010

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Sven De Baets