Can self-taught programmers be as good as more formally trained programmers?

The answer: yes.

Here is some inspiration…

Programmers solve MIT’s 20 year old Cryptographic Puzzle

Summary excerpt:

This week MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) announced that a 20-year-old cryptographic puzzle was just solved by a self-taught programmer from Belgium, 15 years earlier than MIT scientists expected.

Here is a Q&A thread with the programmer who solved it—Bernard Fabrot—on Hacker News.


This is inspiring for some of us who never stepped in a computer science class.