Charles Simonyi hold a Phd and get things done!
Hungarian notation. Immediate disqualification.
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I've said before: a PhD is merely a predictor which tells me that the person is not likely to be a good fit in an ISV.
I don't know. Everything I've read about his current project/company smacks of PhD-ish Pie-in-the-Sky-ism.
I would definitely hire him. Can you even begin to grasp all the contacts he has?
Joel on Simonyi:
When you say PhD might not be a good fit for an ISV, you mean ISV's that aren't like Google, right? And when you say "aren't like Google", how would you define that? Difference in goal? (i.e. you can't figure out what to do with a Ph.D to generate income?)
Google isn't an ISV.
"When you say PhD might not be a good fit for an ISV, you mean ISV's that aren't like Google, right?"
The title of this thread *so* reads like a spam subject line!
A PhD is a research degree. You do relatively little course work. PhD's are trained to be teachers and researchers, producers of new knowledge. Writing "boring" but solid, reliable software on time isn't quite what they spend their graduate careers training to do. It's just not much of a good fit. Why would they want to write a Word clone or something? It's a waste of their time and talent.
Yeah why would they want to write a ... oh hey what about Knuth?
Actually in most big schools with PhD programs (I did mine at the U of MN) there is virtually no training in actual teaching -- they mostly just throw you in the classroom.
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