Mommas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboy Developers

Posted on December 8, 2008. Filed under: Art, Babies, Blogroll, Comedy, Computers, Cult, Links, Music, People, Programming, Quotations, Rants, Raves, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

 The Brave Cowboy Developer herding the code bugs.


The Highwaymen – Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babys Grow Up To Be


Jobs: A Cowboy meets a Microsoft Developer? 




Ghost Riders In The Sky – Vaughn Monroe


Background Articles and Video 


 Waylon Jennings – Mommas Don`t Let Your Babies Grow To Be Cowboys


Jobs: A Cowboy meets a Microsoft Program Manager?


Roundtable: Develop Your Career at Microsoft


“Developer can refer to:

  • A software developer, one who programs computers or designs the system to match the requirements of a systems analyst.
    • “Developers, Developers, Developers”, a viral video of Steve Ballmer praising software developers.  …”



“A programmer is someone who writes computer software. The term computer programmer can refer to a specialist in one area of computer programming or to a generalist who writes code for many kinds of software. One who practices or professes a formal approach to programming may also be known as a programmer analyst. A programmer’s primary computer language (Lisp, Java, Delphi, C++, etc.) is often prefixed to the above titles, and those who work in a web environment often prefix their titles with web. A programmer is not a software developer, software engineer, computer scientist, or software analyst. These professions typically refer to individuals possessing programming skills as well as other software engineering skills. For this reason, the term programmer is sometimes considered an insulting or derogatory oversimplification of these other professions. This has sparked much debate amongst developers, analysts, computer scientists, programmers, and outsiders who continue to be puzzled at the subtle differences in these occupations.[1][2][3][4][5]

Those proficient in computer programming skills may become famous, though this regard is normally limited to software engineering circles. Many of the most notable programmers are often labeled hackers. Programmers often have or project an image of individualist geekdom, resistance to “suits” (referring to both business suits literally and figuratively to the “Establishment”), controls and conformity.



“A cowboy is an animal herder who tends cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally on horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks. The historic American cowboy of the late 19th century became a figure of special significance and legend.[1] A subtype, called a wrangler, specifically tends the horses used to work cattle. In addition to ranch work, some cowboys work for or participate in rodeos. …”

“…The cowboy has deep historic roots tracing back to Spain and the earliest settlers of the Americas. Over the centuries, differences in terrain, climate and the influence of cattle-handling traditions from multiple cultures created several distinct styles of equipment, clothing and animal handling. As the ever-practical cowboy adapted to the modern world, the cowboy’s equipment and techniques also adapted to some degree, though many classic traditions are still preserved today. …”


Cowboy Coding

Cowboy Coding is a term used to describe software development where the developers have autonomy over the development process. This includes control of the project’s schedule, algorithms, tools, and coding style.

A Cowboy Coder can be a lone developer or part of a group of developers with either no external management or management that controls only non-development aspects of the project, such as its nature, scope, and feature set. (The “what”, but not the “how”).

Cowboy Coding can have positive or negative connotations, depending on one’s opinions on the role of management and formal process in software development; “Cowboy Coding” is often used as a pejorative term by supporters of software development methodologies, such as Agile. …”


Curse of the Cowboy Coders

By Adrian Bridgwater

“…I seem to mixing with a huge number of software engineers this week. I am at a software symposium after all, so it’s no big surprise. But my word, what an opinionated crowd you can run into sometimes. Actually, it’s more than just sometimes isn’t it? There’s very often a sense of the ‘prima donna’ attitude among developers where they feel that one or two individuals in a coding team or project are carrying along eight or nine other ‘cowboy coders’, who are simply there to make up the numbers. …”,1000000567,10005752o-2000458459b,00.htm

Steve Ballmer


Steve Ballmer Talking Sexy


Gene Autry — The Cowboy Code


David Letterman Interviews Gene Autry, Pt. 1


Johnny Cash – Ghost Riders In The Sky</h4

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