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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dead? on the contrary
by vasper on Fri 16th Jul 2010 10:54 UTC
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In the beggining of modern computing, hiring a developer for a company that wasn't a software company was something exotic.

Later, as demand grew and more and more people became involved in software creation, needs arose and companies that had never thought about it began asking for inhouse development.

Software development in those days required specific knowledge and equipment/software that wasn't widely available. So professional developers was the way to go.

Today, when almost everyone has used a computer even at school and has taken at least a few hours of basic programming and software development tools are too powerful, but also are embedded in office applications with wizards and automations never imagined before, custom needs can be serviced from the inside with relatively low cost. No need for expensive developer dudes that are superhuman ;-) with brains the size of South Dakota.

However there is also a turning point being reached. Software development is rapidly going online also more and more things are outsourced. That means that uber geeks with 2 doctorate degrees in computer science and no girlfriend just don't have to move in to the office and so stay in their mothers basement earning half a million a year managing 100 developers each, all by remote.

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