“We Can’t Find Good Programmers”

How many times have you heard this phrase? I’ll tell you why you can’t find them. It’s because you treat them like dirt. Great Hackers are exceptional people: they won’t work for you, unless they’re completely happy. Some people who read the original article by Paul Graham, thought that they won’t fix bugs or do routine tasks. That’s not true - they will and often stay up late to do that. But they refuse to take abuse.

So if you want to hire great developers, you’d better make sure you offer them the best. Not only that, but you’d better make sure you recognise a great developer when you see one.