Originally Posted by Ekaros
Maybe I have read too much thedailywtf.com but that doesn't apply to everyone in the field... Formal training might lead to at least some things which are helpful for coding. Like thinking is there better way to do do something (standard libraries...) and is the way really efficient...
I think a subscription to O'Reilly's Safari service should be part of the induction of any new programmer. There is so much information out there than can be absorbed. I've always learned better by reading how to do something and going away and trying it out, than being told how to do it.