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Comment: It depends (Score 1) 546

by bananaquackmoo (#47819761) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?
It REALLY depends. There are several fast-moving and emerging programming disciplines which are too new to even exist at an educational institution yet. Once they DO exist at an educational institution, you can bet the info is outdated and the people teaching them have no idea what they're doing. Now I hear you saying that if you learn the fundamentals in school that they're applicable elsewhere. This is true, assuming they're the correct fundamentals, and there is a good possibility they are NOT. Once again, outdated info can hurt in the programming world, depending on which area you end up working in. Someone else posted about needing a degree to get past HR. Once again, this is partially true. On the other hand, if you make your own project, library, framework, or some other programming project, release it into the world and show it off, people WILL hire you. These days the #1 request I get from anyone is "show us your github code repository" or "show us examples of your work." It is ENTIRELY possible to get coding work without a degree. In fact, sometimes the people doing the hiring will PREFER that. That said, a large portion of college has NOTHING to do with learning a profession.

Comment: And yet (Score 3, Informative) 130

by bananaquackmoo (#47607549) Attached to: Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists
And yet it still sucks at presenting me with any news I'm interested in. I think I've clicked on a news story from that feed only once and by accident. Hint : I don't have any interest in sports, politics, celebrity gossip, pop music, old news, and pretty much anything else they've recommended.

"An open mind has but one disadvantage: it collects dirt." -- a saying at RPI