The best programmers set the tone for all other programmers. "Best programmers" are Linus Torvalds, Jamie Zawinski, Alan Cox. Recently TJ Hollawaychuck, Jeremy Ashkenas, Vladimir Agafonkin. We're talking *best* programmers, not average programmers. These guys create languages, frameworks, libraries, APIs, platforms, disciplines, new ways of thinking... Because they're always inventing and re-inventing, always dissatisfied with the state of the art and looking to make something better.