Hi guys,

So I guess my question is, are any of you self taught and how would you compare someone who is self taught to someone who gets a degree in programming. I have seen some sites where they offer Certification in many languages. Can someone excell at programming by teaching themselves from books and practice? I always thought that just because someone has a degree does not mean that they will know how to do practical stuff. It is what I am concerned about.

I find it really time consuming but have no choice but to study part time through correspondence. Even that is frustrating since there are many subjects I need to study that dont really seem to pertain to programming. I am kind of liking getting into it right away by bying books and studying at tutorial sites.

Thanks in advance for your advice