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Joan: Hey Kimberly, We need another junior back-end developer. What do you think about self-taught programmers versus those with a degree in programming?
Kimberly: Oh, that’s an interesting topic, What’s on your mind?
Joan: Well, I’ve noticed that self-taught programmers are incredibly talented and can pick up new technologies quickly. They have a lot of practical knowledge and experience.
Kimberly: But I think they might miss out on formal training in algorithms, data structures, and other fundamental concepts.
Joan: I disagree. I think that programmers with a degree lack the practical skills and experience that come with real-world projects.
Kimberly: That’s true but a degree can make you more knowledgeable.
Joan: Something I admire about self-taught programmers is their passion for learning. So should we hire a self-taught programmer or some dude or chick with a degree?
Kimberly: I don’t value skills and experience over formal degrees.
Joan: I do. I don’t want to train someone new.
Kimberly: Let’s ask Mike what he thinks about. Whatever side he takes, we should agree with him.
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