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Food for thought on the MS or no MS conundrum

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 4, 2007

Interesting: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/CollegeAdvice.html

It’s geared to undergrads, but there was an interesting nugget in it: computer science programs tend to teach theory, not programming:

…computer science is not the same as software development. If you’re really really lucky, your school might have a decent software development curriculum, although, they might not, because elite schools think that teaching practical skills is better left to the technical-vocational institutes and the prison rehabilitation programs. …

If you’re lucky, though, you can find lots of programming-intensive courses in the CS department… And those are the best classes to take. If you love programming, don’t feel bad if you don’t understand the point of those courses in lambda calculus or linear algebra where you never touch a computer. Look for the 400-level courses with Practicum in the name. This is an attempt to hide a useful (shudder) course from the Liberal Artsy Fartsy Administration by dolling it up with a Latin name.

Hmm. Well, I guess that’s plus for the BS in IT. Hmm.

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