dan sandler

The Developers Creed

As of today, I've had the same keyboard for 16 years. How many people do you know can commit that one to one piece of hardware for that long? In honor of its longevity I wrote this based on the rifleman's creed...
 
This is my keyboard. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
 
My keyboard is my best input device. It is my workhorse. I must master it as I must master my software.
My keyboard, without me, is useless. Without my keyboard, I am useless when I'm supposed to be working. I must use my keyboard true. I must press more keys than my competition who is trying to out code me. I must compile my application before he compiles his. I will...
 
My keyboard and I know that what counts in development is not the lines of code we write, the noise of our cursing, nor the oders we make. We know that it is the commits that count. We will commit...
 
My keyboard is mechanical, even as I'm not. Thus, I will learn it as the manual states. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its connect-ability. I will keep my keyboard clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready except when I work from home. Then the clean part is optional. We will become part of each other. We will...
 
Before the OS I'm running, I swear this creed. My keyboard and I are the defenders of my developer ego. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my boredom.
 
So be it, until my shift is over and there is no enemy, but a completed project!