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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MissinBeOS
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2006-10-20

Sorry, have to disagree. The original posting even mentioned the importance of data structures, algorithms, etc. All of these things are not in and of themselves "tools," but concepts needed in order to apply them to real-world situations.

It's silly to get into any kind of comparison between the usefulness or validity of one degree over another in the technical or science fields. (of course, a bachelors in underwater basket weaving being the exception to every rule ;) )

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dekernel Member since:
2005-07-07

I have to whole-heartily agree. I have a degree in Electrical Engineering, but switched over to software quite some time ago. Looking back, I wish I had done a minor in CS to cover those subjects you just mentioned. I have read the books, but sometimes the books aren't enough.

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