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January 29, 2006



I can't agree with Joel's point of view; it seems elitist to me. The fact of the matter is that the majority of CS students aren't interested in TCS or in going to grad school; they just want to be able to get jobs doing business applications for XYZ company. The fact that Java is "easy enough" for them to do just that is, indeed, one of the design features of the Java language.

True, a lot of these students might not be able to "get" the theory, but so what? I'd be a lot more interested in figuring out how to show the joys of TCS to budding physicists and mathematicians and others who might not be aware of the field, than trying to force it on those CS students whose goal is to become technicians and not theorists.

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