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   RE: [xml-dev] Sun's senior IT architect Victoria Livschitz aboutXML

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Rick Marshall wrote:
>this interview seems to me to be simply a display of ignorance.
	I think you're being a bit harsh there. On the other hand, I
was a disappointed by the arrogance that she shows when she compares
programmers to mathematicians and says: "Programmers are "average"
folks; they have to be, since programming is a profession of millions
of people, many without college degrees. "
	Well, I don't have a college degree and I've contributed one
heck of a lot more to the software business than tens of thousands of
Computer Science PhD's have. The same can be said of "average" college
drop-outs like Bill Gates, etc. Frankly, I have never found that the
possession of an advanced degree is a very useful measure of a
developer's skills or utility. If nothing else, the schools all seem
to focus their advanced students to the point where they often aren't
useful dealing with the broadly defined problem sets typical of the
real world.
	Spending your life in school doesn't make you special. It's
what you do once you get out that counts.

		bob wyman


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