Indian or American Programmers: Who is the Best?

Online career development community GILD recently compared the math, logic, software development and communication skills of programmers living in India with those of programmers livnig in America, based on the results of various assessments they have undergone.

Here is a summary of the assesments based on Gild’s data, based on the CIO report:

  • Indian programmers appear to be better at math and logic than American programmers. The Indian developers who participated in math and logic assessments outscored their American counterparts by 11 percent.
  • Americans slightly outperformed Indian developers on mainstream programming languages, such as C, Java and SQL, where they scored eight percent higher on C and nine percent higher on Java and SQL.
  • American software developers are particularly good at Web programming. When tested on PHP and HTML, American programmers’ scores were respectively 53 and 27 percent higher than their Indian counterparts.
  • American developers also have a better grasp of the English language, as noted in their scores on tests of their English communication skills, which were 33 percent higher than Indian developers.


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