[TUHS] Unix stories

Ronald Natalie ron at ronnatalie.com
Tue Jan 3 08:58:15 AEST 2017

Johns Hopkins had no Computer Science department at the time I was a student there.   You came out with either a degree in EE or Math if you wanted to do computers.   Of course, due to circumstances, I came out of there with nearly four years of UNIX internals experience.    I also learned in the school of hard knocks about decent code design.

I’ve generally found that having a degree in computer science didn’t indicate that the applicant had any qualification.    I look for prior experience (or at least some sort of indication of a programming experience).    Within 90 days I could generally tell if people were worth retaining (reasonable skills or ability to learn at least).


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