I’ve just finished reading a great post from Steven Benner and I couldn’t agree more. He sums it up in one sentence:
Look for someone who truly understand the concepts, who can offer creative and alternative ideas, and who shows the ability to grow as a programmer. Then you will finally find a real programmer.
If you want to be a real programmer you need to learn, you need to constantly develop your skills. If you stop doing that, if you lock yourself inside your bubble and see no further than that, then you have a problem. Stepping into that magic bubble is quite easy if you are working in a team, constantly trying to meet deadlines but it’s by no means a valid justification. Again, Benner summed it up like this:
If you ever finish learning, then your career as a programmer is over.
Read the whole post here.