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The 'Anti-Java' Professor and the Jobless Programmers

Aug 04, 2008, 13:30 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Maguire)

"The reason: students’ reliance on Java’s libraries of pre-written code means they aren’t developing the deep programming skills necessary to make them invaluable. Colleges, alarmed by falling CS enrollment, have dumbed down the course requirements. Consequently, CS majors sail through a curriculum of Math Lite, earning a smiley-face on their papers for “developing†projects using pre-built libraries.

"In the end, they graduate with a diploma whose value is questionable. They may be equipped for a dynamic career in fast food delivery, yet they are not fully prepared to compete against what is now a global field of rigorously educated software developers."

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