Being incompetent, having a grossly inflated sense of one's competence, and possibly being lazy too, with the result being a very bad (or non-working) design or implementation. Often used in conjunction with the name "Paula". Originates from a post on The Daily WTF (an online forum discussing examples of bad programming practices) where a lazy programmer named Paula had coded exactly five lines of Java for a major project in several months and had managed to bullshit her way through weekly meetings regarding her progress. One of the lines was:

private String paula = "Brillant";

whose sheer elementariness, inappropriateness in production code, narcissism and self-inflation, with a weird spelling for "Brillant" on top of everything else, was deemed memorable.
"Have a separate table for each customer instead of a field in a single table? That's brillant!"
door AnonGoat 30 mei 2006
Not to be confused with brilliant.

Adjective, indicating an amazing lack of skill coupled with an incredible blindness to aforementioned lack of skill.
package test;

public class paulaBean {

private String paula = "Brillant";

public String getPaula() {
return paula;
}
}
door Cyresse 29 augustus 2005

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