A few months ago a new engineer joined our team. As always I spent some time with him to better understand the type of person he is, what drives him. We usually talk about past experience, but more importantly: future goals. As it turned out, he had an interesting one:
I want to be the best programmer in the world
That’s quite ambitious.
I liked it.
However, this made me consider — what does that mean, actually, to be the “best programmer.