Great post from John Gruber on why clever code and cowboy culture is bad. Love the quotes from Guido van Rossum and Brian Kernighan. Every new programmer should read this:
“When asked, I would give people my opinion that maintainable code is more important than clever code,” he said. “If I encountered clever code that was particularly cryptic, and I had to do some maintenance on it, I would probably rewrite it. So I led by example, and also by talking to other people.” Guido van Rossum
Great example of not only coding style but engineering leadership.