Have you heard of the term “Brogrammer?” There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the term and the supposed culture. I say “supposed” because I’m still not sure that the culture truly exists in the form that it is caricatured as.
A quick Urban Dictionary definition of a “Brogrammer” is thus:
A programmer who breaks the usual expectations of quiet nerdiness and opts instead for the usual trappings of a frat-boy: popped collars, bad beer, and calling everybody “bro”. Despised by everyone, especially other programmers.
For now, suffice it to say that the term brogrammer is a facetious term for a probably-nonexistent type of person that is supposedly a cross between Stiffler and Ken Thomspon. There’s even a Brogrammer Quiz! Yes, that’s right, you can find out if you’re a brogrammer or not. In fact, let’s take the quiz together!
The Results – (not) Pretty?
So, apparently, I’m a brogrammer. What’s scarier is that I was not once asked if I wear pink polo shirts (I do). I’m also seriously considering buying Aeroshot, getting designer sunglasses and I’m currently working on a six pack. I suspect that one year from now, I will become a caricature of everything wrong with IT. (Anyone willing to put a calendar item down, hit me up a year from today and see if I need to be batted in the kneecaps for becoming a BroAdmin.)
Now I’m curious what other people get as a score. Whether you’re a SysAdmin or developer it doesn’t matter. The questions are vague enough to where anyone with a basic background in professional information technology can do fine. Let me know your score in the comments below. Please, please, please tell me I’m not a freak with a score of 70 and a potential score of over 100. =(
For those interested in some further research:
- Rob “Chad” Spectre’s definitive Brogrammer Primer.
- Quora’s thread “Brogramming: How does a programmer become a Brogrammer?”
- Bloomberg article from March 2012 titled “The Rise of the ‘Brogrammer’“
- Oh, but Gizmodo says “There’s No Such Thing as a Brogrammer“