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Re: (OT?) Usefulness of CS

by crackhed (Sexton)
on Dec 27, 2001 at 03:58 UTC ( #134517=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (OT?) Usefulness of CS

I completely disagree with your premise.

Assuming that you are talking about the theory of computing, I would argue that it is essential to writing good software. Knowing the difference between an array and a hash, or when to use a linked list rather than an array, is quite necessary for writing good software. Anyone can churn out a script to accompish a given task, but whether it's well-written depends on whether or not he/she/it understands what he/she/it is doing.

Having said that, computer science is not necessarily something learned in the classroom.

Most of what I know (which is not a great deal ;]) I learned through extracurricular study. I play with computers for the simple fact that I enjoy it. I like coding, I like admining, I like doing stupid things like dd'ing a kilobyte of hda over hda1 and tearing my hair out trying to fix it. On an arguably basic level, I have an understanding of computer science. Without it, I could not write good software. And without furthering it, I cannot write better software.

Attaining a degree in something is simply a means to an end, one of many. We're all free to choose a different route.

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