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...after a week I notice: wow this is a really smart guy.
He somehow managed to get a cool job at really high wages without being remotely competent???
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Today, the minimum required IQ to be a developer has dropped quite a bit.
Companies are not usually looking for special talent. They can train a person in 2 months and have them do the same stuff a person with 2-3 years of experience can (with some scheduling and quality issue but nothing they can't handle).
In short, the work does not demand the same level of expertise it once did.
Yeah, but then these are the people who don’t change the default password on a database or something else equally dangerous. I hate to think off all my personal financial, tax and medical data that’s out there in the hands of people who can’t figure out how to put a checkbox on a form.
I would not say dumb... I think it is just plain laziness.
Why do I have to search for something and learn it by myself, if someone can tell me what to do every time?
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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Lemme guess: the intern is studying for a degree, and the first guy already has one.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
It's a generic problem. God knows I'm not a brilliant developer - there are many many better than me out there, and I encounter them all the time 8(
Yet I see the same kind of mistakes I made when writing my very first pieces of code or web sites still cropping up on pages released into production by teams who claim to be agile, to be doing both TDD and extensive user testing etc. All of which tells me that, as is so common, the process has become more important than either it's correct application or its output.
Is it my imagination or are they getting dumber and dumber?
It's mostly your imagination.
People who shouldn't be in IT have been around since before I joined the club. In the 90's a lot of folks jumped on the IT bandwagon for the salary. The ones that "got it" stayed, the ones that didn't found other careers.
The oddities I've experienced include:
Taught one guy how to write COBOL. He had 5 years experience but didn't know how to do a loop -- not just in COBOL, but in general. [I've never compiled a single line of COBOL so me teaching COBOL is an oxymoron.]
A guy who pasted snippets of C++ together and couldn't understand why his program wouldn't compile.
A friend tech interviewed a programming instructor at the local technical school -- she failed the interview, had no idea how to write a functional program.
This problem has been around since the beginning of mankind. However, it may be that the current crop of IT incompetents is less successful in hiding it than previous generations.
I had one last week who copied and pasted his homework question into a .C file and expected it to compile and run as C code. For some strange reason the C compiler gave him loads of errors and he couldn't understand why.
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Well, I have seen an HR strategy where more developers do the work faster. So, it is not a quality problem, but quantity. And since not many graduate from universities (we are small country), they have boot camps - 3 months and you become a developer.
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