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portland -

i dont care how much money there is to be made, did you want to be a geek or did you want a muscle car in high school? eventually, everything settles to the bottom. i'm not surprised.

Robert Paterson -

I just looked at the hiring stats today for York - the worst group = fewest jobs were in Computer Science. The pot is off the boil.

I wonder also who takes these courses - the wannabes? I am sure that Jevon or Steve learned all by themselves by the time they were 16. The jazz players teach themselves and very young. How can a newbie at 22 compete with a chap who has been fooling around since they were 4/

The whole idea of courses teaching software seems wrong to me

Craig (HB-Craig) -

The most creative and talented technical people who work (and have worked) with our company are self-taught. The worst - hands down - Holland College or Compu-College. I have no idea if our experience is typical - merely an observation.

Arthur -

The whole idea of courses teaching software seems wrong to me

Teaching software, as in? 'Advanced Programming' or 'Access 2012 for Dummies'? I think, generally it's a good idea to teach about the basics of programming, whether that's about software design or about the basic bitflips and boolean logic associated with electronical devices or hardware.

Wayne -

It could also be due to the flow of jobs in the industry to sweatshops in India, where developers are paid much less then in North America. Are fewer students choosing I.T. because of this well-known fact?

I took a very advanced Access programming course at Holland College, which has stood me in good stead for several contracts, inspiring me to go further. And, the clients have been quite happy with the results. I am unsure if this is typical for Holland College, but I doubt it. Nothing is typical these days...even for those self-taught.

Anyone furthering their knowledge in a career of their interest is admirable. I have found many self-taught, extremely talented programmers as so lacking in what was called at one time, "Soft Skills", they were not fit to meet the business world head-on. Many were what seemed to me, good prospects for match-play in golf...with an ability to make people uncomfortable in their presence...with little apparent effort.

"You can learn alot from a dummy!" (anybody out there good with strings/whereclause willing to offer a tip?)

Donna -

What are the chances CompSci enrollment will jump again, if and when there's another dot-com wave? Even if it's a small wave?

(Sidenote to Alan: the blog has been updated at last. Be shocked and awed. Or appalled. ;)

Alan -

There was an interview of Nina Munk on her book <i>Fools Rush In</i> about the takeover of Time-Warner by AOL four years ago. Here is the New York TImes review. As the wave was based entirely on "new economy" crooks, hype and faslehood, a classic bubble along with Scottish colonial expansion and Dutch tulips and perhaps the present era still, I would hope there would never be another boom but people being people I am sure there will be a run on aerosol food dispensing products around 2011.

Ahmad shah Rahimi -

i want to study computer in holand in one of the universities of holand