Udacity (and earlier Coursera) are getting more explicit about their business model, which appears to be sourcing programmers nicely pre-screened for coding ability to companies.

I actually like this idea a lot. People get free, high quality,and, eventually, personalized instruction, Udacity gets paid referral fees from companies, and companies have to spend less time filtering through huge piles of crappy resumes and doing phone screens and interviews of candidates who turn out to clearly not be qualified. Seems like everyone benefits.
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