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I disagree. Everyone should learn to code != Everyone must code. Jeff Atwood seems to imply that most people are implying the latter, but I think most proponents of the idea are suggesting the former. For example, a long time ago, I learned French. I barely speak it now, but it definitely made me a more well-rounded person and gave me a deeper understanding of English. Now, consider someone who learns to program a few lines of javascript to make text scroll across a web-page. Most likely, this person will not become a programmer, but hopefully Facebook and other sites will seem a little less like magic. That in itself is a good thing. No reasonably educated person would think that something like plumbing is magic, but ask many university educated people how the internet works and you will get blank stares. Most of the time, Jeff writes insightful posts, but this time, I think he missed the point.
Toggle Commented May 15, 2012 on Please Don't Learn to Code at Coding Horror
One thing that is not mentioned here is that income is often correlated with status and people with higher status are often happier than those without. Actually, I have no data for this, and it may actually be a very wrong assumption, but it is a common one. Money is correlated with things that make people happy.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2012 on Buying Happiness at Coding Horror
I think all this comes down to a simple rule: Don't hire anyone that you don't already know, trust, and will fit in to your organization. Now, how you get to know and trust any potential hire are details that can change depending on the situation. The steps that Jeff outlines above are good if you have had no contact with the applicant before the interview. Personally, I've had good experience hiring grad students who already have some work experience and come recommended by their professor. It definitely helps to have strong connections to local universities, but hiring these kinds of students makes me fairly confident that they are: hard working, smart, experienced but still open-minded, and tend to have a good mindset for the place where I work.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2012 on How to Hire a Programmer at Coding Horror
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