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“10x engineers” exists. They do.
The reasons there is so much controversy around their existence is because they write or help others write elegant code and elegant code is so hard to describe or quantify.
It’s one one those you know it when you see it kind of thing.
I have worked with two of them and on repos that were maintained by exceptional engineers.
Working with their code is just similar to working with them. You can see their line of thinking and elegance through simplicity and it is amazing. The logic and patterns they put in place usually stays a long time after they are gone.
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