Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 21st Dec 2011 00:39 UTC
Editorial M.I.T. has just announced it is expanding its list of free online courses anyone can take. Attendees earn completion certificates. M.I.T.'s OpenCourseWare project already offers 2,100 courses used by 100 million people. OpenCulture, Free Ed, E-learning Center, and Alison offer competing free online courses, including many on computing and IT certification.
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RE[7]: certificates
by Alfman on Fri 23rd Dec 2011 18:01 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: certificates"
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Agreed, with the caveat that it depends on who you work for. Web dev is larger than any other CS market, which makes it easier to find work. But on the other hand, many web devs are not well paid because the vast majority of clientele are cheap. I find that for most clients, price is the number one criteria over quality, consistency, security, etc. I was even arguing with a manager at an insurance company about the need to fix security issues, but they declined.

I've had some clients come to me having had a terrible experience with offshored projects, but when it comes time to fix the mess, the companies still don't want to pay to do it right. As much as we like to bash Indian IT shops over quality issues, more and more I think the companies should be faulted for not rewarding good quality in the first place. They may be getting exactly what they pay for - not very much.

Ideally there would be enough work at good companies to hire all the good devs. CS isn't the easy street it used to be.

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