xD you keep missing things I said. I Wrote contracted work, charitable work, and creating products too. all in my other post which is consider work experience. >_< you need to pay more attention. His portfolio is based on his work experience. Also I did say to build a reputation hence the open source and etc etc. Need to pay attention >_<. Also I never said they would not give you a change I said they are very hard on people with no experience if you read my last last few sentences it says that there are people that would do it, though it is sad that many don't.
If you where going to do a comparison it would be more like this;
1. a kid with small portfolio, has his 4 year degree in CS, no work experience, no reputation/fame
2. a kid with very good portfolio( since that would be 9 years include the would be university time of the other kid), has no degree, has A lot of work experience in all different forms, has gain some reputation among the open source community, among several companies through contract work, among several commercial companies for good work tools they use in their projects, and among none programming outlets that need programs done. If he had made products in that time and sold them. Then he would also have a customer base that would be looking out for his next releases.
( you can make the year to 5 if you want to instead I'll leave that one up to you)
I will let you choose which one is better. Remember kid one only has 4 years, while kid two has 9 years under his belt.
Which is don't you think that the employer would be more willing to give the kid with a degree a chance then the other one? If you don't have a degree you don't have a way of making that first impression on your resume that you actually know what you need to do.
A degree says you can do something. It does not say how well you can do it. don't forget that :). Like I said before I am not arguing with you. I am simply replying back to anything you have to say and trying to show you that the way you think it is suppose to be and I thought the same way too with how everyone always talked about university this and that. But sadly the truth was way off, you going university should just be enough, or getting a mentorship, etc etc. However, it isn't :(.