I have looked at many other questions here and I would just like to know the pros and cons of going to college vs self studying computer science. By self-studying I would finish the curriculum of a Bachelors faster and have time to get experience and build a portfolio but have no degree. How would I go about getting a job without a degree? Can I get people who know about hiring and what employers look for?
Should I self study computer science? If so, what books and in what order should I study?
If I should get a degree instead, is there a way to get a B.S. in CS by examination? Or in less than four years in NY? Please develop justified responses to all these questions, thank you very much.