So now, computer science is becoming a boom again?http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/20 ... -tech-bust
This is just one of many articles in the debate.
My point of view? I wouldn't be surprised if there is a boom in CS enrollments, partly because of movies like "The Social Network" and recent news regarding LinkedIn, GroupOn and Pandora stocks (even if they did go down - significantly).
However, back when I was in college, around the 2000 tech-boom, many students signed up for computer science for all the wrong reasons (including myself). I enjoyed video games and putting together PC's, but the prospects of advanced mathematics and algorithms classes left me wondering. When I graduated, only then did it make sense to me.
I guess my concern is that people study computers for the wrong reasons. We have a recent hire here, Systems Analyst I, went to school at DeVry where I often wondered what in the world did they teach him. He seems to know nothing about computers, almost like his degree was just a puff of smoke. No one teaches problem solving the way problem solving ought to be taught, and by golly, we have students graduating from universities who are just as clueless about coding as my pet dog - who doesn't exist.
I'm just thinking out loud, when I attended EuRuKo, I immediately knew who were computer science grads and who weren't. The proliferation of new paradigms like Rails or PHP has made civilians think they're hard core "computer people". This was evidenced back in 2006, when I ran into a coworker who didn't understand why we used C# at a bank when PHP was free. He never understood that we used C# for computing interest rates on a per-client basis depending on their spending history for the past 48 months. Doing that in PHP amounted to suicide, C# was the way to go. Having had a CS degree provided the fundamentals I needed to succeed in this industry...but it seems that a many folks who can design web sites are going to CS.
Let's talk it out, what's your view point?