I work with some great engineers. One in particular is fantastic, named Crash. He is a backend guy, doesn’t touch the UI much. A demo to him is all accomplished at the command prompt. He said something yesterday that was abaolutely brilliant and summed up my admiration for him.
When I add a new feature, I try to leave the code base smaller than when I found it.
How awesome is that? It speaks to the Zen principles of simplicity. Less can yield more.
Once I asked Crash for the letter X. He provided me the whole alphabet in multiple languages just in case I needed a few more letters. Consistently, he thinks past the short term requirements and achieves much more than what is asked. He produces extraordinarily quickly considering the high quality. With a dozen such men, one could rule the world. Or at least code it.
I should put this into a LinkedIn recommendation, shouldn’t I?