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That's not true, even in the general real world (a plank is a 'solution' to an unbridged stream, but not a good one), but particularly in software where a product is never finished and always needs to be extensible. The quality of a solution is not only in whether it does what it should (functional requirements) as fast as it should (non-functional requirements), but also in how easy it is to modify it to solve related problems which are not known at the time of coding (flexible architecture).
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Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. --- George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952)
Those who fail to clear history are doomed to explain it. --- OriginalGriff (February 24, 1959 – ∞)
To non-IT people, it's a box of magic... yes, we can fix a TV, install a car stereo, wire up the surround sound, suggest a good microwave, fix the photocopier, update a GPS, install stuff on a phone...
Quad skating his way through the world since the early 80's...
I am talking about Hardware problems dude. If I want to fix hardware problem of a Television they we need to have specialize in TV hardware troubleshooting. But I don't think all Software developer can do it.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
In other words we are able to read and follow instructions and we need to be able to learn quickly.
In my early IT career the acronyms RTM and RTFM were to be heard regularly, despite the fact that the person uttering those acronyms could quite easily have helped me.
This does seem to be what characterises the general skills required in IT, there's a member of my family who appears to be incapable of following instructions while I can - guess who has difficulty figuring things out on a computer despite having used computers daily for longer than I have?
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