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4answers
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Are there metrics, like in other professions, that can be used to measure whether a programmer is considered experienced? [closed]

Driving instructors (at leas in Germany) often mention 100.000 km driven as a reference point where a driver is considered experienced. Is there a similar number for programmers? For example, how ...
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6answers
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Pair programming when driver and observer have different skill level and experience

I know pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together at one workstation. One, the driver, writes code while the other, the observer, reviews each ...
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7answers
713 views

What is the correlation between programming language and experience/skills of their users?

I'm sure there is such a correlation, because experience and skill leads good programmers to picking languages that are better for them, in which they're more productive, and working in a language ...
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9answers
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Work experience instead of education?

I wanted to name this topic as "Education vs. Experience", but this topic already exists. I've read that discussion and though what I'd like to ask is related with that topic, the question is quite ...
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3answers
375 views

Where do I learn most - by going to industry or pursuing a doctorate degree?

I enjoy learning new things, and thus I want to pursue a career where I can continue to do so. I'm currently doing my Master's thesis and will finish my degree beginning of next year. After that I'm ...
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5answers
489 views

Why does changing from one language to another make a programmer fresher?

Right now I have been working on language X for the last 2 years. I am very good at it, but language X is not popular so jobs are not readily available for it. Consequently, I am thinking to change ...
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17answers
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Do you think that exposure to BASIC can mutilate your mind? [closed]

It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration -- ...
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8answers
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Are programming skills and computer knowledge taught at university sufficient for industry? [closed]

I am student currently attending my fourth year at a Swedish university and will, if all goes well, take my Master's degree in Computer Science in winter of 2011. It is a respectable university, at ...