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Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

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I would say that at any given time, 100%.  What developer has not been horrible at some new technology that they were trying to get their head around?  I look at some of my first jQuery or angular.js code snippets, and they were bad

But the key question is what portion of developers stop sucking at what they do?  I would like to think most improve, or abandon the technology they are bad at.  For instance, I suck at Sharepoint.  I am bad at it.  So I don’t do it.  I turn down positions involving Sharepoint.

However, the OP at /. is appalled that some of the people he interview are clueless about public/private key encryption.  But does that make them bad developers?  Or could they be awesome client-side ninjas, hate dealing with security protocols, and try to leverage oAuth as much as possible without knowing the implementation details?

I would have to agree that if you don’t have a general concept about public/private keys, that may be a clue to dig deeper into your overall level of competence, especially if you are pitching yourself for an architect role.

BTW, some great architects are horrible developers 😉


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February 14, 2015 at 6:04 pm

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