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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
X-To: Ronald Skoog <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 12:37:16 -0800
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On Mon, 9 Feb 1998, Ronald Skoog wrote:

> My experience is that most (certainly more than 50%) of the programmers
> I've worked with did not have a CS degree.  The best had advanced Math
> degrees.

  One of the worst programmers I ever hired had an MS in computer science.

  Some of the best have had no degree at all but a high aptitude. Others
  that have been really good, BS in Linguistics, MA in Music, BA in
  Psychology.  Usually these have been people who have good academic
  skills, are not afraid of mathematics and science, and savor the
  challenges associated with software problem-solving.  They are also
  brimmming with motivation.

  I have long felt that applicants for the B.S. in computer science
  should be first given the old-time IBM programming aptitude test
  and only allowed in to the program if they get an A on it.  I know,
  I know, Dr. Feldman.  That seems a little too Draconian.

  I am just in that sort of mood today.  :->

  Richard Riehle