jfmiller writes: Two professors emeritus of computer science at New York University have penned an article titled Computer Science Education: Where Are the Software Engineers of Tomorrow? in which they berate their university and other for not teaching solid languages like C, C++, Lisp and ADA. From the article,
and further:The resulting set of skills is insufficient for today's software industry (in particular for safety and security purposes) and, unfortunately, matches well what the outsourcing industry can offer. We are training easily replaceable professionals.
They go on to compare Java programming to "a plumber in a hardware store." Would any CS students or professors like to respond?Java programming courses did not prepare our students for the first course in systems, much less for more advanced ones. Students found it hard to write programs that did not have a graphic interface, had no feeling for the relationship between the source program and what the hardware would actually do, and (most damaging) did not understand the semantics of pointers at all, which made the use of C in systems programming very challenging.