Your opinion on self-taught programmers?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Akarin, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. Akarin macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2011
    Nyon, Switzerland
    Two weeks ago, I wrote a little post on my personal blog titled "Self-taught vs formal education in programming". You can find it here:

    To my surprise, the stats of my blog exploded. Even though I didn't get many comments, I received quite a few e-mails asking me how to become a self-taught programmer. Today, I posted what I think is a very valid path, for anyone with the drive and passion, to learn:

    I am very interested to know what's your take when it comes to self-taught coders. Are you one of those? Have you hired one? Do you think self-taught ones are not as good as those with a formal education?
  2. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    It depends if they actually read and understood books on the subject or if they just learned by coding. Anyone can write code but the best programmers follow good coding practices and have a good knowledge of data structures. Like anything else in life, you are only as good as the effort you put into it.
  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Well, to a large extent I'm a self-taught programmer, so my opinion is quite good. :cool:
  4. thekingofnerds macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    Self Taught

    I'm self taught. Originally learned when I was about 9, and been doing it as a career since I was 17.

    I think the key is, regardless of whether or not someone has a degree or is self taught, you need to get a coder who isn't lazy and who is loyal (doesn't change jobs every 3 months). Loyalty is key and is an attribute that has gone missing in recent years, especially in the tech field.

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