When I was training new software developers, I always assumed that they could do everything, until they couldn’t.

I was rarely disappointed, and never by a woman.

The best that I trained were women. One said that she learned more from me in two months than in the prior year and a half, which included a 6-week programmer boot camp. I wondered about her teachers.

The worst were men. I had 2 fired — one was too arrogant and one was too stupid (did not understand how an IF statement worked). Ignorance can be corrected, stupidity can’t.

To demonstrate my approach: one woman said, “Bill, did you know that I am Hispanic?”

Me: “No, is that supposed to make some sort of difference?”
Her: “Yes, to some people.”
Me: “Not to me. All I care about is that your programs work.”

That is the way that things should be about everything.

William “Bill” Myers, Analyzes all, Programmer, retired. If you learn anything new, find enjoyment, have a new thought, then I’m successful. Photo: 1st article

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