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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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RE[6]: Comment by lucas_maximus
by DrillSgt on Mon 19th Jul 2010 02:41 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by lucas_maximus"
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Although in fairness id like to distinguish betweenm "programmers" and "software engineers". The former being able to write function(s) and perhaps not requiring formal training. The latter being able to take a set of requirements and produce a project on-time, and definitely requiring formal training to be "good".

You mention training, and not education. Education is what you get from a University, not training. Training would be given by the company that hires the programmer, whether they were considered educated in programming or not. Training is required after University, or else you end up with programmers that can write "Hello World" and little else. So, by that self-taught is just as good as university taught, and I agree with that completely. As a side note, both programmers and software engineers require training after they have been educated.

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