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I hear this frequently, but it hasn't been my experience that it's as bad as you're portraying. Perhaps the recruiters I work with are better than most, but the people I interview tend to be able to do simple coding tasks. It's where more critical thought and problem solving is involved where they tend to fall flat, and where the failure of candidates starts to approach the degree you speak about. My impression, however, is that -- as with many things with programmers -- ego is inflating the degree to which this is a problem. Not that it's NOT a problem, but to call it an "epidemic" is bordering on absurd. "Everyone I talk to is SO stupid that you wouldn't believe it!"
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
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