Mon, 9 Feb 1998 12:37:16 -0800
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
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. :->