The good and bad of outsourcing to Russia

Yakov Fain writes (from experience) about good and bad aspects of Russian programmers for outsourcing.

I left Russia well before American companies thought of trusting russian (or indian) programmers. But I remember the software and ingenious hacks written back then by my friends to work with limited computing resources available. I participated in programming competitions and summer camps, where school kids learned and applied concepts that are only taught on advanced level of university education in other countries.

To this day, I claim to have gone through two different schools of programming. One is Russian and one is Australian. And you shouldn’t have to guess (after this article), which one I feel had given me a stronger grounding in what I do daily.

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