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Joel on Software

2000/06/15

by Joel Spolsky
Thursday, June 15, 2000

Ask any software CEO these days what their biggest problem is, and they'll usually complain about how hard it is to find good programmers. "There's just nobody out there," they say. "I can't hire anyone."

Frankly, this is baloney. In microeconomic terms: the market is clearing. There are hundreds of thousands of programmers out there, and you can hire them, if you know how. This article is about the "programmer's perspective" on how to find people and convince them to work for you.

Whaddaya mean, you can't find programmers?


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