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Sure they do - but that isn't really surprising; why not take the better writer? It might be useful, can't hurt and there is no downside.

The really interesting thing is _how_ much they are willing to compromise; would they prefer a mediocre programmer with flair for writing? If not, it is just meaningless platitudes.

Prose and programing aren't as unrelated as they might seem. Ultimately, both are exercises in using a particular set of grammar and syntax to convey intent.

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