Rant

Developers vs. Engineers

There is a clear behavioral difference between software developers and software engineers, though the terms are often, incorrectly interchanged. Through my own experience and observations, I hope to not only shed some light on the difference, but encourage developers (my target reader) to strive to become engineers. If you find this post helpful, feel free to tweet at me: @mrjoelkemp.

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The Costs of Education

My post was featured on hackNY’s blog as part of their summer lecture series.
Written by: Joel Kemp
Edited by: Manya Ellenberg

Students are finishing their education at top universities with hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt. For computer science undergraduates, their coursework only scratches the surface of what is necessary to succeed in the competitive job market. Rightly so, these talented students are questioning whether or not experience trumps education; i.e., whether or not pursuing a formal degree is necessary in these “frothy” times. With the abundance of capital and exorbitant company valuations (“froth”) in the current startup technology scene, there is an increasing plethora of startup companies emerging across many vertical markets.
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