“Programmer” is a vague term. I’m willing to bet that Grace Hopper’s vision of “better? involves a lot more math than mine. The skills and methods of her practice would be a lot different as a result.
Goals change as well so we need to re-evaluate from time to time. If you asked me what being a better programmer meant 10 years ago I thought Design Patterns were *THE PEAK* of programmer evolution.Right now I’m primarily focused on growing maintainable software systems, modeling business processes, and communication.
Either way, it is important that you identify what is important to *you*.