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Discussion on: What They Don't Teach You at a Computer Science Masters

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Matt Del Signore

I've noticed a lot of Computer Science programs focus solely on theory. Most of my classes in my undergrad program left learning languages for classes as an exercise for the students. I am seeing some programs that focus on software engineering now, so I think schools are recognizing the need for those skills in addition to the theory.

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Andrew Healey Author

Yes, I've seen that as well. I really like that there are many paths people can take in this field; self-taught, bootcamp, university. I'm not even sure if I want universities to be more practical. The chief complaint I hear is that the technologies that are taught are often out of date β€” was that your experience?

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Matt Del Signore

I mean I learned Java in the beginning, which I liked because Java is still used everywhere. A lot of classes let us pick technologies. For my Machine Learning class I could choose between python/matlab/octave which was nice. My view on this is that school should give you the tools to learn any technology or language, along with theory to understand how they work.

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Andrew Healey Author

I agree ☺️