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I am absolutely confident that you couldn’t tell I’m self-taught if you worked with me.

All the stuff that your CS degree taught you is also possible to learn by reading books.

Further, the book on which the curriculum is based. Diligently going through them will often teach you more than the structured class based on them. When coursera first came out I was very excited to take CS classes from top universities. Then... I was surprised at how generally poor quality the lectures and material were. Outside a few standouts, I think you are vastly better off reading quality, well reviewed books / papers than taking a course / watching lectures. (Unsurprisingly this felt true of my actual degree's as well).

Do you consider yourself the rule or the exception?

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