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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

mark_lybarger Re:False premise (546 comments)

sure, and you're the exception, not the norm. i've seen at least one senior dev in each shop too w/o a degree. there are 20 senior developers and 40 junior developers in said shop.

about 5 months ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

mark_lybarger Re:False premise (546 comments)

that's a completely made up statement. i have worked in lots of IT shops and the only place to find folks w/o a college degree is in the help desk/desktop support. i've came across but a handful of developers who didn't have a degree.

i've been involved in the hiring process for my companies, and the candidate's college status is a major part of the package. we expect someone to come in with "bright" eyes and to know deeply what they're talking about, not someone who can bs here and there. college only gives part of that. in addition, they need to be a go getter. the should know about code management processes, and about enterprise architectures, n-tier, etc. development patterns, etc.

Maybe you missed this part of the heading (not even TFA):
"Nearly half of the software developers in the United States do not have a college degree."

That isn't just saying not a "computer science, engineering, math, or physics" degree, it's saying any college degree at all. So, presumably a lot more have college degrees with other majors.

So how exactly is almost half plus every programmer with a non-STEM degree "The Exception"? It seems to me the STEM majors are the exception.

about 5 months ago

Will New Red-Text Warnings Kill Casual Use of Java?

mark_lybarger Re:WAAAAT (282 comments)

yep. we have an internal applet application that uses a self signed certificate. it's deployed to the local file system and launched from a remote page, thus we're stuck using java less than 1.6.24 due to a security change^^^bug oracle made.


about a year ago

Why Your Users Hate Agile

mark_lybarger more slashdot stores (597 comments)

this is one of the largest buzzwords in the industry lately in concert with virtualization. i'm surprised i don't see many "articles" on ./ about agile.

i'm not sure i quite understand how or why a software development methodology has become the defacto standard for the project management community as a whole. literally, overnight, project managers have become scrum masters and every project from developing a new predictive pricing solution for sales to an os upgrade project becomes managed as an "agile" project. did manifesto group envision (design/declare) a new project management methodology or good practices for developing (building) software?

about a year and a half ago

Why Your New Car's Technology Is Four Years Old

mark_lybarger Re:A $15 dollar SD car gives me more. (455 comments)

your timing belt, water pump, other belt replacement is 350$? i just spent 1200 for mine. that's not chump change. most shops end up at 350 for a standard brake pad replacement every couple of years.

about a year and a half ago

Comparing the C++ Standard and Boost

mark_lybarger boost? (333 comments)

what are the odds.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

mark_lybarger Re:Get over it already (807 comments)

i think it's ridiculous that it's expected to have to apply security updates. install the software, have a firewall protecting the inside, everything should be fine. most places have seemed to adopt this policy of auto applying patches every week or so regardless of weather the updates affect their usage. potential security issue found in the usb print drivers and puts it on the patches list. what's the probability of a security violation happening due to this potential risk? it's inside the corporate network! if some guy in data entry wants to be disgruntled and hack into the print server, you've really got bigger issues. management issues. maybe he's the same guy who turns on the bathroom faucet every night before leaving to let the water run and drip the company of some money.

ff's auto update really annoys and disrupts my personal workflow. i just learned to turn it off. i only use ff for some functions that don't see to work in chrome right now, citrix is one. it's really sucks to have your computer constantly remind you that it wants to disrupt your work so you have to close your browser and restart the browser to click through some authorize dialog boxes and finally be restored to the prior state.

more than 2 years ago

Where Do I Go Now That Oracle Owns OpenOffice.org?

mark_lybarger Re:It can't be that different already, right? (510 comments)

my understanding is that the reason they don't take the patches is because there isn't a single point of license assignment for the patch source. if RH has a large patch, then RH doesn't take on the role of copyright assignment, but rather allows each single code creator to keep that duty. warm and fuzy of them, but not very practical at all i'm guessing


more than 4 years ago

TSA Changes Screening Based on Blog Suggestion

mark_lybarger Re:Liquids and a /. car analogy. (279 comments)

i'm with you on this. I had a jeep Cherokee that insisted on locking the doors when it got over 15 mph. some way to keep car jacking down i suppose. i got so tired of being locked out of my car and not being able to find the spare key that i ended up putting one underneath the car with a magnet holder. i lock the doors on purpose when i leave a laptop or other valuable in the car and go to the grocery.

airport security is a total joke. its a facade to give the wall marts shopin' (i resemble that sometimes), suv wheeling country a warm fuzzy that the govt is doing their job of protecting the borders. i can't take a 20 oz bottle of water past the security checkpoint, but can get a metal knife when seated in first class. i'm sure there's countless examples of folks who take small razor or personal knives in their bathroom bag past security all the time... detonate a bomb on a plane? light speed is too slow. prepare for ludacris speed. i don't have numbers, but my gut tells me that 5 planes could go down per year and it'd still be safer than driving on the public highway system. would less people fly? some initially perhaps. every day on the freeway someone falls asleep and causes fatal accidents all over the country and we're not leaving our cars in the garage. still we get on the freeway and take the risk. schools all over the country are having people killed each year. i just read today one where a teacher's estranged spouse came in and attacked the teacher. the school went into lock down, the attacker ended up getting home and committing suicide in the garage later. we should all go under ground where it's REALLY save and secure.

more than 6 years ago


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