PROgrammer with an asterisk*

Only the lazy one has not yet written about the quality of training programmers at promoted courses. I’m lazy, so I’m only writing now.

I came across a man here who brought a diploma for an interview, issued by one promoted educational organization. Before, I only read complaints about her that she does not return the money. But I never saw the graduates. It became terribly interesting.

For this candidate, I skipped my standard logic and algorithm tests, and just took him on probation. I could not resist – I really wanted to see what they teach. While the person was talking, I ran to the Internet, read it and gasped.

Judging by the description of the course and its results, the dude should interview me, not me. The title of the course featured a spectacular PRO level.

So, I took the dude on probation. I have someone to compare with – in a nutshell I will describe these guys.

Basically, people who want to become 1C programmers come to my department. Usually there are two input criteria – some kind of IT education (so that the cycle differs from the condition) and solving a couple of tasks for logic and algorithms at an interview. Next comes the dive.

Rather, the truth, “immersion”. In 1C programming, it is utterly simple. There is a book by the wonderful author Radchenko, which very superficially introduces all the main aspects of development. The trick is that the book should not just be read, but “solved” – typing in a computer a code that is printed on paper. One big, for a week, cross-cutting example.

There is almost no knowledge and skills after the book. All that it gives is an acquaintance with the development environment, an easy training in programming in Russian, well, remember a few keyboard shortcuts, a couple of properties, events, object types.

That’s all. No, in general, of course, it is written much wider and deeper, but in the first week no one is able to understand this breadth and depth. In reality, only superficial knowledge remains. Which, however, are very necessary when solving the first training problems – so as not to be stupid out of the blue and know where to write code.

At this point, the objects of comparison converged. A man with fashion courses against dudes who read a book in a week. Both groups are going to study quite specific topics and take exams for me. In the first month, this is just a base in general – universal collections (arrays, structures, trees, tables), queries and basic algorithms.

Dry statistics. “Scribes” take 2.5 exams in the first month. “Kursovik” passed 0. Among the “scribes” this also happened – though only once (it turned out that someone “helped” him at the interview).

A brief description of the skills acquired by the dude in the courses: he knows how to press where he was told. So far, I haven’t noticed anything else. Of the query language, they taught there, judging by the sensations, only select and from.

Just in case, I’ll write in bold type: a good person. With the right values, goals, approaches. According to formal criteria, it’s time to kick him out, but I won’t – I’ll return him to the starting point and let him read the book.

He just believed the advertisement. There, as usual, employment was guaranteed. And, of course, at the end of every significant promise was *.

I will not pass any verdict – who am I… If another candidate comes across from these courses, I will ask you to solve problems for logic and algorithms. It should not be ruled out that I just got some unusual dude. But he got a diploma…

People from other, less well-known, specialized only in 1C courses also came across – they were a little better. But, alas and ah, in a month they absolutely aligned with the “scribes”, who spent on “training” at most 500 rubles.

I will continue to watch, observe, compare. But I still see no reason to throw away the book, with which I myself started in 2005.

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