[prog] Who were your best CompSci teachers?

Mary mary-linuxchix at puzzling.org
Tue Apr 8 20:07:48 EST 2003

On Mon, Apr 07, 2003, Jimen Ching wrote:
> I have a similar experience.  Though there were some good profs at my
> University.  In my opinion, teaching a programming language in a
> University is the wrong approach.  Programming theory/languages should
> be taught in high school or community college.  Universities should
> concentrate on higher level theory of computer science and
> engineering.  Such as operating system theory, database theory, queing
> theory.  Basic algorithms like linked-lists, and recursion should be
> taught in high school.

This is an interesting observation to make on LinuxChix. Judging from
other threads on other LinuxChix lists, a high proportion of our
subscribers are not products of the assembly line schooling system and
are self-taught programmers or are learning it post-school or
post-university, or outside school or university.

At the very least, in this model, you'll need to account for alternative
routes of formal learning (there's book-learning, but some people
respond better to teaching) for the large portion of subscribers who
went to high school before much computing was taught there.

*I* went to high school before much computing was taught, and I'm 21.

[Incidental sidenote: I suspect you're from the US since you talk about
"community colleges" - but I could be wrong. I'm not from the US, and
the term "community college" means "weekend hobby school for retired
people" to me.]


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