The Programming Language Skill Scale

Beginner

  • Know nothing about it
  • Know enough to successfully pretend to know it during lunch
  • Know enough to be dangerous with it
  • Know enough to be employed to be dangerous with it

Intermediate

  • Know enough to ask intelligent questions about it on stackoverflow.com
  • Know enough to answer n00b homework questions about it on stackoverflow.com
  • Know enough to ridicule n00b homework questions about it on stackoverflow.com
  • Know enough to contribute to open-source projects written in it
  • Know enough to be disgusted with the state of open-source projects written in it

Expert

  • Know enough to start writing a compiler for it
  • Know enough to abandon writing a compiler for it
  • Know enough to invent an improved version of it to create The One True Language
  • Know enough to get bored and find another language to obsess over for a decade or so

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