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Subject: Re: Career change help Date: 5/3/2011 12:49 PM
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Another interviewer gave the most concise evaluation: he cannot make English sentences in real time. And American English was the only language he knew.

I remember a presentation by Edsger W. Dijkstra at a Software Engineering conference in 1979 run by RPI and GE. He stated that the single best indication of a persons future ability as a programmer was their ability in their native (or original) language. He also said that if he ran a school teaching programming, he would tie student's hands behind their backs for the first year. ;-) (Obviously not intended literally, but he didn't want students to start programming before they could prove their design was correct.)

My experience has been the same. There are those who write code that just works, and those whose code needs to be debugged before it can run, and debugged again and again later. I'm not saying your typing has to be perfect. Checking for commas instead of periods and so on is what compilers should be good at. (Although I remember one case where a fellow PhD student came to me with a problem in a Cobol program that he had spent weeks trying to find. Before he finished explaining the problem I had circled a comma and said this needs to be a period. Having run a printing business with my brother while in high-school lead me to become a very good proofreader. ;-)
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