What makes the beginnings of a good developer? Passion or Qualifications?

On the back of a previous post “Promoting IT as profession”, some of the responses provoked me to ask this question. I don’t mean it in the sense of what methods they apply to their programming. I mean do you need some form of education in the field or can passion and a thirst for knowledge make you a great developer?

Imagine you had 2 people for interview for a Junior position

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