Linked by snydeq on Thu 15th Jul 2010 18:31 UTC
General Development Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister asks whether the need for advanced development expertise is on the decline in an era in which tools grow increasingly more advanced, and coding increasingly moves offshore. 'Few companies share Google's zeal for academic credentials when hiring new developers. Many are willing to accept self-taught programmers, particularly if they have other skills relevant to the business.'
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Because ultimately what businesses needing good programmers want is good programmers, and a CS degree doesn't necessarily make you one.

I'd even dare to posit that ultimately the best coders are just very smart people that know how to solve problems and if they are worth their salt, they will have all the damn qualities a "classically" trained coder will have.

A good auto-didactic coder will write maintainable and good quality code, and if he or she is any good, will probably think up more creative and/or effective solutions while thinking outside the box a college or university education will frame someone in.

Of course, there are also good programmers that do have a CS degree, but I'd say that CS degree does not set them apart. Those people would have probably started coding anyways, degree or no.

But of course, I'm biased, since I am an autodidact.

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