A recent post by Jeff Atwood reminds us why you should avoid, at all cost, hiring poor developers. A poor developer will pull the whole team down, often producing negative productivity due to their impact on the rest of the team (and on the codebase). So when hiring the rule should be “if in doubt, say no”. When I forget this, I turn back to Joel Spolsky for a reminder. Then Steve Yegge, whose blog I love reading, for his inevitable twist on the subject.
This is particularly pertinent at the moment since one of my clients is looking to hire a Flex developer and I’m helping out with the interview process. (If you’re an experienced Flex developer in London and want to be considered, drop me a line. I can’t promise to reply to everyone, but I’ll pass your details on to my client.)