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From: Bill Swallow [mailto:techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2011 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: Career|Skill Advice
I'd go one step further and say once you can understand code, you need to know what to do with it. Should you be able to create sample applications? If you're documenting APIs and SDKs, then ideally that answer is "yes".
Perhaps I should have said "Should anyone expect you to be able to create an application in the same time as the programmers you work with? No. But should you still be able to do it, given enough time? Yes."
No one should expect you to do the work of an actual programmer all the time (if they do, change your job title and look for a job that pays an engineering salary) but you should be able to complete a sample application.
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