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Then what is designed to turn out programmers? What if I don't really want to be anything else?

I don't personally know of programs that are designed to turn out straight-up programmers. Some CS programs dial pretty far over that way, but they still retain the CS-ness.

There are software engineering degrees, but I don't personally have a high opinion of academic software engineering research & practice, so I personally don't recommend them.

Which is strange if you think of it. Imagine you come to the shop and it does not have any kettles, buuut you can buy a stew pot and boil water for tea in it.

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