Are you a stealth coder?

Ever felt that whatever you do, it doesn’t matter? No one notices your work, knows what you do or even knows your name. Then, my friend, you’re a stealth coder.

Being a stealth coder is something akin to being a Systems Administrator. As long as everything works, no one credits or cares about what you do, but if something goes wrong, you’re scape goat number one. And if you then fix whatever problem there was, you immediately go back to being invisible to mere mortals again.

Stealth coders come from a long line of ninjas, and has carried on that tradition with proudness and a high head. It’s not the fame or recognition you do it for, it’s for the work itself. You place a lot more value in doing your trade as best as humanly possible and take only comfort in sheer quality.

You know this applies to you, right? Everybody, stand up, join hands and say:

I’m a stealth coder and I’m proud of it.

For those of you who want to be able to connect with your peers or express your pride in your own personal (never visited) web site, I’ve created a button for you to display. But remember, if you place this button in your web site, you may not, under any circumstances, link back here, since it would go against the very nature of being a stealth coder.

A stealtch coder button depicting a ninja


  • Jens Meiert says:

    Boredom, Robert? πŸ˜‰

  • Lim Chee Aun says:

    You should spend more time sharpening your katana πŸ™‚

  • do you have an anti pixel 80×15 version too? small ninja face on the left side and stealth coder sign on the right one, please … I need one πŸ˜€

  • Jaap says:

    Exactly :ninja:

  • Ah, yeah I've been telling people for years that I am low-key but know I can silently mouth I am a— πŸ˜‰

  • Ceriak says:

    Ah, ancient traditions…

  • Steven Clark says:

    haha I'm descended from a long line of Vikings like you I expect (my mother is Norwegian – her father Kittles Tronerud jumped ship in Australia at 19)… what we have is a tendency to like alcohol, be fascinated with nuns and any girl who is running away, and a tendency to yell occasionally whilst wealding a double sided axe!

    I notice I also enjoy the sea and boats πŸ™‚

    I find it hard to believe you're a stealthy ninja Robert. Be proud of the Viking within… (new button for Vikings maybe?)

  • Frank Gullo says:


    Between this post and your recent DOMAssistant post, I'm presuming that you're feeling unappreciated these days. I can relate as my position and station seems similar to yours.

    For what it's worth, I read your blog regularly through RSS and find the posts interesting, and the tech talk and code samples very useful.

    To this day, I regularly use your (modified) getElementsByClassName in various Ajax web projects. So, you may be a stealth coder, but your work has not gone unnoticed, at least by other "ninjas".

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Beyond belief. πŸ™‚


    Most definitely. πŸ™‚


    Ah, I'm sorry, I threw away my editing file. The picture I have here is all I've got.


    Oh yes.

    Robert Wellock,

    Now you know. πŸ™‚


    It's all about heritage. πŸ™‚


    Interesting to hear! I think that while at work I'm a ninja, and in my free time I'm a viking. πŸ™‚


    Thank you! For your kind words and that you use some of my code.

    It's not as bad as it seems, although I definitely see what it comes across as. I am indeed very grateful for the appreciation I get for the code I give away here, my writings etc. At work… Well, it depends. πŸ™‚

  • Volker says:

    I exactly know what you are talking about, Robert.

    At least I have a got a few colleagues with whom (is that correct english?!) i share the same addiction for our beloved profession. And sometimes, yes, sometimes you even get back a little respect and appreciation from people, which usually only see your errors.

    PS: Can't await this years "towel day", but that's another geeky story πŸ˜‰

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Welcome to the club. πŸ™‚

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