good developers tend to be really lazy (it’s not what you think) — imagine having an operation or a task that could be executed in manually in less than 30 minutes. Well, a good developer would happily spend 5+ hours writing code in an attempt to automate the process. It’s just the way things are in the web dev world!
As currently written, I completely disgragree.
The key isn't the time spent on doing the task. The key is how OFTEN will that task have to be done.
You spent 5 hours automating something that we'll never have to do again, and you could've done it in half an hour? That's not very bright, and a sign of lacking basic common sense.