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Maybe not that new - but just getting worse in terms of the number of people who:
(1) call themselves programmers - perhaps because it's cool
(2) because everyone's got their hand glued to a device with "Apps"

But many many years ago, the IT security officer at the facility where I worked (a CS major/graduate) observed that Chemist, Physicists, and Chess Players were all generally better programmers than the CS graduates. This was a long time ago.

How does it relate, or for that matter, even make sense?

Hypothesis: the group of people, mentioned above, as better, typically programmed for the sheer fun of it and/or to do calculations or instrument automation. In general they were making something for themselves that they really wanted to work - and had the nature to know how things work . . . and the aptitude. Typically, they spent their time on applications and not systems. Extrapolate a bit into the future: the self-taught game-developers (at least "of Olde") are surely amongst the best of the best. Wolfenstein and Doom engines? The inventors of Unix? They all had something they wanted to do and do well - so learning to program well was a fierce drive that was more than just a job.

Now, don't anyone get into a snit - there are surely a large number of CS major who are good at what they do.

But the passion to do something . . . not because it was cool, but because one is driven to do it . . . it's not something you decide to do after you squander you coins on an iDevice. It's because the need to build and explore is an itch that demands to be scratched:  l a part of who you are because you always were.


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