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Chris Anatalio • Edited on

The science of computation is literally balancing tradeoffs of space and time complexity. Memory usage or speed. I don't understand this comment at all.

Computer science has little to do with programming for low-scale, simple projects. You don't need computer science to update the CSS on a website.

Computer science takes a backseat with simple systems because hardware has advanced to a point that efficiency doesn't matter much if you just have a couple users.

However, Big O notation, correct use of data structures and an understanding of core CS fundamentals is important if you work on systems that have millions or billions of users and require high-throughput.

For the first 7 or so years of my development career, I shared the same sentiment that my CS degree was a waste of time. Then you work on a really complex system that has a lot of throughput and extremely demanding SLAs and you realize that CS does have a part to play in modern software engineering.

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Laughing Raven

I'm saying that CS is the why but engineering is the how. I've been at this for 20 year and have an MS in EE.