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Re^2: (OT) Real World Skills Versus CS Skills

by Ovid (Cardinal)
on Jan 24, 2006 at 17:15 UTC ( #525246=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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I have managed to do pretty decent work despite my lack of theoretical knowledge, and I have put a couple of green CS grads to shame.

That reminds me of the time a CS intern came to work for the summer at a company I was at. He was very, very bright, knew several programming languages and was pretty handy at server administration. When the intern left, he told his father (friends with our boss) that he walked into our company convinced that he knew everything there was to know about programming and was just in college to get the degree. He left us absolutely amazed at what we could do and he was eager to intern with us the next summer. Only one person in our department had a CS degree. The rest of us taught ourselves.

Cheers,
Ovid

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Re^3: (OT) Real World Skills Versus CS Skills
by radiantmatrix (Parson) on Jan 24, 2006 at 17:41 UTC

    He left us absolutely amazed at what we could do and he was eager to intern with us the next summer.

    Something about working with -- or even just talking with -- truly excellent programmers does wonders for one's humility. I can still remember a few questions I've asked right here on PerlMonks which got answers that truly humbled me.

    I think one of the best experiences a novice/intermediate programmer can have is to be humbled by those much better than them. I know it's helped me have a more open mind and pay much more attention to my own design and code. I'll have to remember to ask about those kinds of experiences when next I'm asked to hire developers. ;)

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Re^3: (OT) Real World Skills Versus CS Skills
by adrianh (Chancellor) on Jan 25, 2006 at 11:42 UTC
    That reminds me of the time a CS intern came to work for the summer at a company I was at. He was very, very bright, knew several programming languages and was pretty handy at server administration. When the intern left, he told his father (friends with our boss) that he walked into our company convinced that he knew everything there was to know about programming and was just in college to get the degree

    I too have had similar experiences. I've also seen the reverse where somebody without "academic" experience has been amazed by how a little type theory / some big O notation / knowledge of a problem being NP-complete, etc. has made solving a problem much simpler.

    What matters is the knowledge. Where you get it? Feh - personally I don't care :-)

    What pisses me off (and I know this is not anywhere close to what Ovid is saying - but since I'm in a mildly ranty mood) is the sheer bigotry of some people, whether from the academic or the industrial side, to what the "opposition" is saying.

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