May 25, 2002
Columnist claims Open Source makes programmers dumb
Warning, warning, warning: all kinds of logical gymnastics ahead. A columnist at WorldTechTribune suggests that programmers' skills are eroding because they can cut and past code from Open Source programs instead of writing it themselves. He bases this claim on a company Australia that can't find skilled Visual Basic and SQL programmers. Here's some of that strange logic: " Because of the General Public License that virtually all Linux/open source apps are subject to, Linux/open source programmers are within legal rights to cut-and-paste pieces of code from any other open source app into their project." By the way, there's a place on the article to email the columnist.
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