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What does it take to be a great developer?

Eric L. Barnes asked this question to people with several backgrounds.

I love questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no. One question that I have been thinking about recently is, just what does it take to be a great developer?

I came up with tons of answers but felt like mine are all through my own lens, so I decided to reach out to a few people from different walks of life and just ask them.
What follows is the answer by each person and their profession so you can compare and contrast.


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.