Is Computer Science dead?

Like Luke Welling, I suspect that reports of the death of Computer Science has been greatly exaggerated.

“The death of computer science was a fairy tale in 1987, and 20 years later it is still a fairy tale. More powerful computers are not replacing programmers any more than calculators are replacing accountants or power tools are replacing carpenters.”

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3 thoughts on “Is Computer Science dead?”

  1. If anything the death of computer science is real but from the other side of the coin – there just doesn’t seem to be enough graduates with comp sci degrees. I know when I was at uni the school was pushing hard to get people into Info Systems degrees which are less useful to businesses if you need developers (although better than nothing).

    – JD

  2. I’m biased as I’m an economics graduate, but I think the problem with CS isn’t tooling, or magic-beans languages which solve problems graphically.

    I work with two comp sci students, and the course work they do is either irrelevant or wrong. They’re taught how to write MIPS assembler, when no one does that any more. Then on the other hand the OO design techniques they’re taught are downright harmful such as “use inheritance for code reuse”.

    Software Engineering is hard, and there’s heaps of really interesting research in the field. CS students just aren’t being taught it. :)

  3. I disagree that learning assembler is irrelevant. It gives valuable insight to lower level hardware which will be important for hardware developers or people working on compilers. Also that particular paper is optional.
    I do wish comp-sci had been more dynamic though. Scripting languages and modern graphic were two areas neglected at my provider.
    As a course that teaches the mind the skills necessary to learn new concepts I think the standard comp sci course does quite well.
    Your average computer science lecturer gets paid peanuts compared to your up to date industry professional and your average industry professional cannot teach for peanuts.
    Programs such as summer of code fill this gap superbly.
    http://www.summerofcode.co.nz/
    One serious issue :), when was the last time you met a female computer scientist? There is a major female deficit in computer science.

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