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    Programmer Competency Matrix

    THe Programmer Competency Matrix is pretty interesting. I can't agree with quite a few of their specific choices and some of the skills listed are irrelevant to job performance in most environments. But... this seems like a useful document to start with in developing a matrix for your own environment.
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    It seems tough to get a good ranking. Much easier to choose a profession based on personality skills maybe?

    I had a laugh at the communication competency of "Cannot express thoughts/ideas to peers. Poor spelling and grammar." - so they just communicate via code?

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    Some of that is pretty funny, but I understand where he is coming from with programmer interviews. I once interviewed 4 candidates for a simple static web site maintenance position. All of the candidates were recent graduates from programming schools and claim to have studied HTML. I tasked them with manually writing the code for a simple table that required a rowspan. 3 out of 4 could not do it. I hired the 4th person.

    One of the interviewees was a gal who claimed to have a string of fictitious Microsoft certifications. When I pointed out that no such certifications existed, she claimed that they were part of new program that had not yet been announced. I suspect that she is probably a better fit to be a politician than a programmer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    Some of that is pretty funny, but I understand where he is coming from with programmer interviews. I once interviewed 4 candidates for a simple static web site maintenance position. All of the candidates were recent graduates from programming schools and claim to have studied HTML. I tasked them with manually writing the code for a simple table that required a rowspan. 3 out of 4 could not do it. I hired the 4th person.
    LOL. Most of people rarely use table now (it used extensively before table-less design was "invented").

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