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Joel on the HPI

Sunday, January 9, 2005, 11:41 — 1 comment Edit

Joel on Software writes this:

The moral of the story is that 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. You can learn mere programming anywhere. We are Yale University, and we Mold Future World Leaders. You think your $160,000 tuition entititles you to learn about while loops? What do you think this is, some fly-by-night Java seminar at the Airport Marriott? Pshaw.

The trouble is, we don’t really have professional schools in software development, so if you want to be a programmer, you probably majored in Computer Science. Which is a fine subject to major in, but it’s a different subject than software development.

Which basically sounds like the very idea of my University, the Hasso-Plattner-Institut for Software Systems Engineering. I wonder how long it will take until this is insight leads to a large scale change in our CS education systems. It’s not really new and everyone who has finished University in CS and starts to work knows it - when will the Universities start to do something about it?


Das Gute am HPI… Joel on Software writes this: The moral of the story is that 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, becaus…