Programmers with network engineering skills

Jeroen van Aart jeroen at
Tue Feb 28 21:04:57 UTC 2012

John Mitchell wrote:
> <rant>
> I would wholeheartedly agree with this, but I believe its worse than 

> teaching process is one of learning to program like a monkey, monkey 
> see monkey do. People are no longer taught to think for themselves, but 
> instead taught to program in a specific language (PHP, Java, rarely C 
> or C++ any more, C#, or VB) and that is all they know. I don't believe 
> this is a failing with the lecturers but with the fundamental change in 
> attitudes to programming.

The story of Mel comes to mind (one of my favourite):

> ) since this gives people a 
> chance to show they can program rather than being able to tell me "I 
> know PHP" or "I know C", suprisingly very few newer programmers can 

I think someone being able to quickly understand brainfuck and write 
usable code in it may be smart, but I don't think it's necessarily a 
sure sign of a potentially productive employee that "fits well in the team".


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