I don't want to be your rockstar developer or your ninja

It's become a common phrase in developer job posts and interviews, "rockstar". Are you a rockstar developer? Do you want to be the next rockstar developer? What do you need to do to become a rockstar developer? I have no idea how or why developers ever got labeled with "rockstar", but personally it's a label I never want and something that when asked for I take as a negative (a recent phone interview led to this post). To me it says the person asking does not understand their target audience ... developers. Have you ever seen a posting for a rockstar lawyer, doctor or teacher? Not likely, it sounds ridiculous. So why do people seek out rockstar developers?

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