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­.s. Tops China in Programming, but Lags in Math, Logic


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Gild CEO Sheeroy Desai

Gild CEO Sheeroy Desai

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Gild, a social networking and skills sharing site for developers, has issued a plea to improve the way math and computer programming is taught in U.S. schools after the results from its new study found that Chinese developers outscored U.S. developers on math and logic by 20 percent.

Nearly 500,000 developers from 150 countries use the social networking and skills sharing site.

Gild conducted the international programming study to assess the programming capabilities and skills of its users. U.S. developers fared much better in programming core languages, scoring 22 percent higher than their Chinese counterparts in C language programming, 26 percent higher on C#, and 19 percent higher on C++. U.S. developers also scored 24 percent higher on Java and 24 percent higher in Oracle database programming.

China and other developing nations continue to focus on core skills such as math, notes Gild CEO Sheeroy Desai. "Software development remains a bright spot for the U.S., with American programmers the best in the world, but is it sustainable?" Desai asks. "While nothing can replace creativity and ingenuity, the United States cannot afford to ignore the fundamentals."

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