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Do Loners Make Better Software Developers?

July 13, 2019



hey this is overpass insights my name is Eric and I make apps now today I want to ask the question do loners make better software developers [Applause] [Applause] all right so I was just driving home from a client meeting and thought I would pull over to the side of the road to do a quick video if you've been following overpass on Instagram you'll see that I've been doing a lot of client meetings lately is actually really picking up works been picking up and it's it's kind of nice but anyway I've been thinking about something I wanted to just pull over and talk about it real quick so earlier this week I went to an event where I was with other parents so I was talking to other dads in a group and we had to kill a bunch of time so just making small talk it has I said this before I am terrible at small talk get me talking about something I'm interested in something like technology or apps I could talk I could talk for ages but I just can't talk to people who are not in technology because it's not something I'm not interested in but I used to work in an office I used to hate making conversations about weekend plans or what the weather was gonna be or sports I'm just I'm into baseball but that they don't do that over here so I just can't have a conversation and that's exactly what this was we have conversation with another couple of their dads where they were at you know when I said where I was from the states they were talking about they wanted to talk about some sports like the ladies football World Cup and and I didn't really know very much about it then they started talking about cricket and football and tennis and Wimbledon and I was just lost right I just can't keep a conversation going so it was a bunch of dads and I just sort of fade into the background which is fine because it's kind of I was more comfortable doing that anyway then talking but afterwards I started to think dude is there something wrong with me because I feel exactly the same way as I did when I was a teenager that awkward feeling that social awkwardness where you get into a group of other people where you should be able to just have a conversation and you just feel like I don't really know what to say I kind of would prefer just to be by myself you know that kind of stuff and and nothing has changed as I was a since I was a teenager when it comes to that kind of stuff a few years ago well come on 10 years ago I remember one of my kids asking me hey Dad how come you don't have any friends and my whole answer was well I don't need friends I've got you guys which is true I'd rather hang around but those guys hang around with my kids but it's true I don't I've never really had a whole bunch of friends I do have friends I have really good friends but there's just a few of them and very very close but I'm not the kind of person who has oh oh I've got a friend who does this I got a friend who does this I got a friend who does this and I've always admired people who do that the extroverted that could go out and everywhere they go they make new friends and they talk about all the different friends they have but that's just not me but then I started to think I wonder if the fact that I've always been kind of a loner and always been kind of an introvert if that has helped me as a software developer because a lot of times you're you're stuck on a problem you're stuck in the code you could go for hours or days without talking to anybody there are some days where I don't talk to anybody except for my family and you guys and don't talk to anybody else through the rest of the day right it's just it's just the way it is and I know I've talked to other people where if I was working from home they would say oh I could never work from home I like the social interaction of an office or I love the social interaction of going to work and when I worked in an office I hated the social interaction right I would I would rather just be focused on the work that I was doing or getting in a conversation with another developer where we could talk about what we're talking about and I even like talking to clients because we're talking about solving a technical problem which is different than you know hey you got plans for the weekend so uh supposed to rain and that kind of sever been good at it so I started thinking about I wonder if that's just a good trait for a software developer to have to be kind of a loner to be kind of introvert or if I'm just reading into that if I'm starting to think that because I know I've met other developers who are much more gregarious much more social than I am and they've been pretty good but I wonder by and large is is it better or dual owners or introverts make better software developers and I don't have an answer for that and I've thought about doing this video before but I don't have an answer I don't have an answer I just have the question because my assumption has always been that yeah I think all those years of feeling socially awkward in groups it pays off because you're able to spend more time by yourself more time with their technical problems more time with the code then somebody who doesn't so my question to you is do you find that or do you think it's completely unrelated do you think that that loners make better software developers and do you consider yourself to be a loner that's what I want to ask so anyway I hope you guys have a fantastic day sorry more introspective this time okay that is it for today I'll talk to you guys again next time you you

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11 Comments

  • Reply Bharath Chandra July 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    All these days i thought, i am the only person in developer community who is loner and does not able make a conversation. This is a eye opener.😁

  • Reply quinkadink July 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I am the exact same way and It's contributed to my software skillset.

  • Reply TechXSoftware July 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    How do you charge for maintenance of client apps? Monthly hourly?

  • Reply Michael Clark July 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I don't think it matters. I'm definitely a loner type and I like to think I'm pretty good at my work, but I've met other loners who aren't. I've met outgoing people who are good developers as well and some who aren't. I think that knowledge and experience really just comes from wanting to improve and being willing to ask questions and get hands dirty with code

  • Reply Jose R. Cruz July 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    In my opinion a good software developer must be able to anticipate some events, sort tasks, create a logic work flow, accept his own fails and correct them at the best way as possible, saving time and resources and so on, and practicing this bahavior to real life, so in my opinion using my memory to remember any game player name and score or even watching a game on TV is a waste of resources, I can go to the beach and hang out to relax, swim or play volleyball, but I never watch a game unless is a social event or from work, the same most the people they are not programmers/developers they lack of the logic sense to apply on their life so they spend like too much time solving small or very easy issues from a programmer view, so in my oppinion that is why for a really good programmer is not easy to fit in socially with anyone unless is a engineer or something related, is like the nerd guy in high school but in adult life… 😂😂😂

  • Reply danee987 July 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I don't like being alone but I'm not social either. I do like to work alone so I can concentrate. Working in an office there's too much chatting going on and random visits during the day about this and that problem. I can't focus as much as I do alone 🙂

  • Reply Omkar Sutar July 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Yes
    Because I am introvert.
    And coding several years with focus, less friends, love to play with my daughter

  • Reply Ugur Toy July 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I totally believe that loners are better; in the college i was a popular person, had a band, did interviews and wrote for a webzine in the same time. And i was serious in web developing etc.

    One day i talked a friend of mine who was about to graduate from software engineering. He said that i have no chance without a degree like computer science/software engineering/computer engineering. He was really serious and it wasn't the first time i heard that. That was all before YouTube.

    That affected me bad; stopped coding, lost my way. After years i decided to clear my life from all "friend" like poisons. And my Facebook friends count changed from 1k to 75. That was in 2012, i made a few big decisions to change my life.

    2 years ago i returned coding with Python, it was hard to me to be productive. Military due divided that process and i finished it 5 months ago. Just after that; i decided to jump in Kotlin, and now i am happy first time after years..

    If i was a loner in the college, i would have a happy life. Wasted…

  • Reply MonDieu72 July 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I think it is the other way around, we developers make better loners! 😀 Nice pause vid Eric!

  • Reply ChordFunc July 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Being able to spend long stretches out time alone without getting bored certainly helps. I'm the same way, I prefer to be by myself for the most part, and I don't really care too much for chit-chat.
    But I do think that if you have a smart, socially extrovert person who has the discipline to sit down for long periods (which is rear in my experience) they would just be killing it I think.

  • Reply IOS Development July 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Yes loners make better software developers because we produce the results. The social types horse around all day and get other people to do their work.

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