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  •  Program on a Commodore 64 (1+ / 0-)
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    How about you do al of your programming on a Commodore 64 and your competition gets a Cray Super Computer.

    Then when they outperform you, we fire you. No excuses slug. Programmers make the difference. Quit making excuses.

    •  Programmers do make the difference (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, they do make the difference, but they are not evaluated based on how many credits they earned or how long they have worked.

      In IT, some studies have concluded that 20% of programmers are negative producers.  It means the good ones have to work  harder to make up for the poor work of others.   It is extremely difficult to identify the negative producers.   In programming, no two problems are the same.   In this way programming is similar to teaching.

      It is not possible to compare one programmer to another by any objective measure.   People have tried measuring bugs, lines of code, functional points etc.  

      The only way to tell who are the bad programmers is to find out who no one wants on their team.   Let those people go, and the whole team is stronger.

      Teachers also make the difference, and I want the best teachers in public schools.   I just don't see any evidence that the teachers unions have the incentive to weed out the poor performers.

      Religion gives men the strength to do what should not be done.

      by bobtmn on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:52:41 AM PDT

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