I can’t help but wonder sometimes, what else besides those technical skills make a great developer. What builds the character that makes someone obsessively chase being the best they can be? What character builder helps a person find the path of opportunity to lead the pack and step away from the herd?
I once wrote years ago that a top notch developer often stays on the verge of being in trouble. Such as in the developer is pushing the envelope. I still mostly agree with that, but also one has to know when to and not to push the envelope. Sometimes it gets a great developer fired, and by being so they’d probably become an even better developer from the experience.