__/ [ Roy Culley ] on Saturday 25 March 2006 17:14 \__
> begin risky.vbs
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> __/ [ Ian Hilliard ] on Saturday 25 March 2006 16:53 \__
>>> On Sat, 25 Mar 2006 13:32:53 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>> This reminds me of the following essay, which I recommend.
>>>> Joel used to manage the Excel team, but he now compiles his software for
>>>> Linux. In the essay, he whines about CS students who never really
>>>> learned *computing* and don't know the very fundamentals.
>>>> Best wishes,
>>> Great article. It glances along the edge of one of my pet hates. I call
>>> it the Windows programmer syndrome. It is a generation of programmers,
>>> who don't know how to do the basics. They have to call some special
>>> Windows API to do all the work for them.
>>> A recent example of this is some code to get the file name from the path
>>> name. The programmer created a new class wrapping shlwapi, instead of
>>> realizing that it is a simple string parsing task. With such programmers,
>>> it is no wonder that modern programs are so bloated and buggy.
>> A lecture which was delivered to us at the LUG last year had quite an
>> 'exhibit'. Apparently, a guy who applied for a job at a consultancy did
>> not know what the command line was, let alone seen one. I believe he had
>> an IT/CS degree. *gasp*
> Almost without exception I have found SW engineers with a CS degree to
> be a waste of time. The best SW engineers seem to be those with an
> engineering / science degree. I did work woth one excellent SW
> engineer who had a music degree. There again, many say SW is more of
> an art than a science. :-)
Ahem. I have a degree in software engineering. However, from Open Source
projects, I have come to know some great programmers with an arts-inclined
background. For a change, they can document the code properly and present it
(verbally, or in writing) very well.
Code is poetry, as WordPress say (Microsoft stole the slogan from WordPress
by the way ). I guess that arts students them find it more difficult to
be employed where the prescribed requirement is a loveaffrair with
computers, which is confined to take place in a College/University under
careful supervision with silly mockup 'exercise' and homework. Self taught
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