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Re: [kde-linux] 4.14.3 issues #1 Folder Widget

On Monday, 2015-10-19, 10:57:11, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> On Sun, 18 Oct 2015 19:10:54 -0700, James Tyrer wrote:
> >That is the problem with self taught hackers and why they are not
> >software engineers.  They need a designer and engineer to work under,
> >but they are unable to do so.
> Why should a gifted autodidact have less abilities than an academic?
> Aren't a lot of KDE coders academics?

Indeed, software engineers as well as computer scientists, though these 
categories do not always match exactly since different countries call these 

One of the advantages of a large community like KDE is that experts of other 
domains can quickly get help from software experts from various special 

Good examples are often scientific or educational applications, where the 
domain expert is often the initiator and who can then draw from the expertise 
of the software engineers in the community.

An approach that is usually only available to big companies or large research 
institutions, who can hire people from different fields.

These team-ups are prototypical win-win situations since it allows the 
application domain expert to get engineering problems solved and allows the 
engineers to work on something other than software for themselves or for other 

The former get programs that are useful for their field of work/interest, the 
latter get expertise with a wide variety of needs.
For both sides obviously also very gratifying :-)

Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring

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