Learning to code traditionally has been a path reserved for those willing to pursue a degree in the field of Computer Science. At least within the past few decades that has been the case. You can look at many of the greatest scientist and engineers at the beginning of the century and realize that many of them did not have any sort of formal training. Thomas Edison himself was self-taught and Nikola Tesla did not complete his formal education, as many of the latest CEO's and innovators tend to do. But somewhere along the line, we pretty much made it mandatory in order to get a job interview.
This is a question that I've asked myself plenty of times during the past ten years, as I'm sure many people ask themselves at some point. My thoughts on the matter change drastically from year to year. It can vary from "super important, can't get a job without it" to "I've used nothing that I learned in college in 8 years". But the older I get the more I tend to lean towards the latter mindset. I spent 5 years in college and all I have to show for it is a piece of paper that states that fact. I don't remember much of what I learned there and after a few years working as a software developer very few companies even mention the fact when I interview with them. I'm a professional web devel
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