From: Jonathan Kirwan
Subject: Re: Career in computer science
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NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 07:53:22 GMT
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Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 07:53:22 GMT
On Mon, 28 Oct 2002 07:32:51 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (The little lost angel) wrote:
>On 27 Oct 2002 11:51:06 -0800, email@example.com (Deanna)
>>technology. I am planning on pursuing a career in computer science,
>>but am unsure which avenue to take-hardware, software, or web design.
>Do the hardware. It's easy enough to learn the software, and easier
>even to learn web programming/developing when you have a grounding in
>the more hardcore software engineering stuff... just try to remember
>when you're doing web design that most sites target non-technical
>audience who like an easy UI.
>It barely takes me a couple of weeks at relaxed pace to use (not
>master) a new language, but I've been hanging around the hardware
>stuff for more than a year and feel like I've taken about all of two
I'll add another note. What you learn to support developing an understanding in electronics will apply in a variety of areas and will last you a lifetime. What you learn about programming a slider-bar under Windows will last you a few years until they change the interface again or a new fad takes over. Or both. The next crop of software folks to learn the new software widgets will be able to compete with your accumulated knowledge, even 20 years later, in software. That's because it's all worthless, some years later; made so by the next great thing to come along. But the next crop of hardware designers will take years to achieve a knowledge of mathematics, physics, and component details. Your earned knowledge won't be made entirely worthless by the next revision of natural laws -- at least, not in your lifetime.