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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RE: No **** sherlock.
by JohnFlux on Mon 19th Jul 2010 06:57 UTC in reply to "No **** sherlock."
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Learning photoshop or how to install a hard drive is not computer science.

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RE[2]: No **** sherlock.
by coolvibe on Mon 19th Jul 2010 09:47 in reply to "RE: No **** sherlock."
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And Computer Science has little to do with Computers. It's math.

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RE[2]: No **** sherlock.
by deathshadow on Mon 19th Jul 2010 13:03 in reply to "RE: No **** sherlock."
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Learning photoshop

You missed my point on that one -- I know people who's 'degree in computer science' amounts to little more than learning Photoshop and Dreamweaver... see the kids vomited out of the local state college near me. Not only should that not be considered computer science, it shouldn't be considered web design either.

It's part of why computer science degrees are worthless -- many places all it takes to get one is mastery of some off the shelf crap like Frontpage. Poof, Computer science major; RIGHT. It drags down the reputation of the handful of places that do teach something useful.

or how to install a hard drive is not computer science.

... and yet is a simple skill one would expect them to have if they want an actual job in IT.

Not that the math side of it teaches anything useful since it's all rote memorization and little if any real problem solving skills.

What was it Patton said, don't tell a man how to do a job, tell him to go get it done and he will surprise you with his ingenuity.

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RE[3]: No **** sherlock.
by heron on Mon 19th Jul 2010 14:41 in reply to "RE[2]: No **** sherlock."
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Hah. See my previous post about why CS degrees are needed. If you want an amateur working on your application, then that's your business. If you want someone who actually knows what they're doing, get someone with a CS degree.

The best comparison I can make is that between a medical technician and a Doctor. A Med-Tech is basically about patching holes and doing the simple stuff. This is what some people need, but, occasionally, they need more than that... sometimes they need a Doctor.


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