Monday, January 07, 2008

Java Programmers

I recently discovered what I called "Java Programmer Syndrome" (JPS) - those developers who did extensive Java programming and are unable to separate the interface and implementation of a data structure. For example, Map vs Tree and hash table. Ask "what is a hashtable" and the answer might be "oh it's like a HashMap but synchronized."

But I am not alone in this, a fascinating paper entitled "Where are the Software Engineers of Tomorrow?" talks about these worrying trends. The conclusion is a weakening math requirement combined with the "assembly" style of Java programming is ruining an entire generation of developers. Choice quote: "We are training easily replaceable professionals."

Demand better CS curricula! Even the ACM is not the answer here - their CS curriculum guide is part of the problem too.

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