Degree of InfluencePublished 12 years, 4 months past
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.
I have no degrees but I still want to learn algorithms, C++ and other coding skills. For me, I just need the tools, correct API and raw code to play around with.
Anyway I do hope I help others and the web in general. The Globalization of humanity via the internet is one major revolution in itself. It allows openness, transparency and understanding and provide a means for us to respect our richness of diversity.
Looks like Nicholas Zakas’ comment had the most profound effect on his decision, which is good, because Nicholas seemed to put it most succinctly and accurately. And he certainly has the experience and expertise to judge this matter as well as anyone.