[plt-scheme] Perplexed Programmers

From: Brent Fulgham (bfulg at pacbell.net)
Date: Thu Aug 30 14:58:30 EDT 2007

On 8/30/07, Marco Morazan wrote:
> On 8/29/07, Brent Fulgham <bfulg at pacbell.net> wrote:
> > 1.  A strong professional society that (along with the government)
> > enforces strict educational criteria and proof of minimal competency
> > (through licensing) to ensure the work is performed by suitably
> > competent practitioners.
> It appears that many of the arguments put forth in this discussion
> indicate the need for licensing of programmers. The arguments against
> it range from the curtailment of creativity to overkill for mundane
> tasks (e.g. developing a web page). It seems to me that a credential
> certifying an individual as a competent programmer may not be a bad
> thing. Given that there are so many "levels" of programming one can
> envision a scaled licensing system to reflect the level of competency.

If I go to the barber, he has to be 'licensed'.  If my brother wants to give me a buzz-cut in the backyard one Saturday, there is no law preventing it.  The difference is that I know that the 'licensed' hair stylist has received a certain amount of training, and has achieved some minimal level of competency.  My brother, on the other hand, well....

I know you aren't arguing against this -- I'm just pointing out that society already places limits on the work individuals may do for others (for pay).


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