I can write hacky code, and with all the references on the NET I could essentially write any code, given a timescale, that was asked of me.
However I wouldn't regard my level of coding to be great, it's hacky script kiddie like.
I know if I was to mix with pro coders it would not go well as I would be out of my depth in any discussion. There are huge holes in my knowledge, the kind of things you would learn in a CS degree.
I could learn on the job. It's difficult to know how much you can self teach yourself before you are ready for employment. I could probably write a 2D/3D game engine over a couple of years, again as there is so much reference on the internet. Plenty ofopen source engines for example but I think I could hack away at one.
So is there a place in the industry for a hacky coder?
Anyone have any tips here?