Developing Developers

I can teach someone the Python language in a week. I can’t teach them how to program in Python in a week unless they are already a skilled programmer.” Brian Jones

Our old friend Brian Jones published an interesting article “Developing Developers“. Here is an extract: The idea that coding was “mechanical” led to the offshoring movement and the claim that we don’t need programmers because “coding is a monkey task and we’ve got hundreds of coders who can code what they are asked for.” It didn’t work. I always asked the question “Where will you get people to give the coders good designs?” The answer was always “Our senior people.” The obvious question “Where will you get senior people when you have cut off the pipeline of programmers?” always went unanswered. Link

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