On Tuesday 08 June 2004 12:12, Michael Campbell wrote:
> > Maybe it depends on what your are doing, but I'm afraid for some
> > things it hasn't changed much. My belief (don't flame me) is that
> > those with inexperience do OK when they are working on things that
> > give visible feedback, like GUI's and such, but take number
> > crunching or data processing where errors don't readily
> > reveal themselves (unless you code defensively), then they tend to make
> > a lot of mistakes and/or leave behind a bunch of land mines.
>
> I wouldn't necessarily disagree, but the absence or presence of a CS
> (et. al.) doesn't necessarily skew that heavily in one way.  I've been
> in this industry a long time too, and I've seen this assertion made a
> lot of times, almost exclusively by people w/o the degree they're
> blaming poor workmanship on.

There's truth behind the assertion.

Degrees look GREAT in interviews.  Given a young, sharply-dressed person with 
a degree, compared with a middle-aged programmer with loads of experience but 
no degree, people just get gooey about youth and pedigree.  It's human 
nature.

	Sean O'Dell