Three Types of Developers That Work in Every Office

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Obviously, every company has developers that can be categorized according to their age, expertise, the experience of working in the company, and so on.

We’ll talk further about three interesting types of developers that are probably working in your software development or software testing company, you just need to look more closely.


An “elephant” is always careful, methodical, and extremely diligent, his/her software code is completely “clean” and professionally structured.

Such a person can describe the purpose of every line rapidly and completely clearly.

Such developers always read a technical manual and specifications from cover to cover.

“Elephants” always perform a thorough analysis and won’t develop software until they completely understand what they should do and in what way.

Just imagine a historian from a notional primary source library who suddenly claims: “I need only 20 manuscripts to say for sure that Arthur exactly was the king of England and possessed Excalibur.”

An “elephant needs proof and nothing but the proof.


A “magician” can make a ready product out of thin air: find some perfect parts of code from the Stack Overflow platform and qualitatively paste them into a missing puzzle of a project that is being developed.

Such developers act before they think.

Magicians perform analysis by analyzing several documents until they find a promising part of the software code.

Magicians can have incomplete understanding why the solution they have suggested doesn’t lead to an expected result.

For example, we see a traveler in an unknown land – he/she doesn’t start learning the traditions and cultural specificities, has a bad knowledge of the language but a simple smile and a promising “thank you” help him/her to make new friends and easily discover the greatest places of rest.

“Magicians” trust only their instincts.

Though these two approaches to solving technical issues are completely different in their structure, it’s very important that developers feel completely comfortably in these two roles.


The best way to save acquired skills is to exchange your experience with someone else.

The practice of teaching frequently assists a mentor in practicing and building a certain basis to improve his/her personal skills by using various methods.

One of the reasons why it’s so useful to be similar to a mentor is that students will always ask such a good question: “Why?”

To give a satisfactory answer to students who always ask “Why?”, we need an “elephant” with a good knowledge of this field.

But to move to the project of any student and get rid of unnecessary stuff, we need an instructor who will help to simplify API, IDE usage, the packages that may be never used by him/her – and it’s really “bread and butter” for a “magician.”

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