Software Testing Firms Recruit Coders with Asperger's

by Cynthia Harvey

Developers with autistic traits excel at debugging and other repetitive tasks.

Software testing firms in Belgium, Japan and Israel have begun actively recruiting developers with a condition known as Asperger's Syndrome. Part of the autistic spectrum, Asperberger's often results in individuals with very poor social skills who often excel at complex mathematics and tedious troubleshooting tasks. This makes them ideal for software testing chores that "normal" programmers dread.

Two of the most well-known of these firms are Aspiritech NFP and Specialisterne. Clients of the firms include well-known companies like Oracle and Microsoft.

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This article was originally published on Thursday Oct 6th 2011
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