Joel on Software - “The Perils of JavaSchools” - Fortune

Joel on Software - “The Perils of JavaSchools”

The most sympathetic interpretation of why CS departments are so enthusiastic to dumb down their classes is that it leaves them more time to teach actual CS concepts, if they don’t need to spend two whole lectures unconfusing students about the difference between, say, a Java int and an Integer. Well, if that’s the case, 6.001 has the perfect answer for you: Scheme, a teaching language so simple that the entire language can be taught to bright students in about ten minutes; then you can spend the rest of the semester on fixed points. Feh.

I’m going back to ones and zeros.

(You had ones? Lucky bastard! All we got were zeros.)

Author Joel Spolsky
Work The Perils of JavaSchools