A brief followup to “A Question of Degree“: I received the following message from the person who first asked the question:
I just spent the last hour or so reading through the comments and, let me tell you, I can’t express how much they helped me! It is now clearly obvious to me that finishing my CS degree is the way to go. A CS degree can make me a better web developer by teaching me about algorithm design and analysis, performance issues, and just how to think like an engineer. Also, since the web changes constantly, a degree will help me embrace those changes. It will always be there for me to fall back on if the web industry doesn’t work out for me.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the discussion, either in the comments here or elsewhere on the net. You made a positive difference in this world. Take pride in that, for it is the most important thing any of us can do.