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How Should You Teach Software Development?

Posted by flozano on January 5, 2006 at 7:33 AM PST

First of all, I have to admit that teaching in college was not the pleasant experience I expected it to be. I love teaching. But I found most students had no interest in what I was trying to teach them. I know I am not a bad teacher, because when I do training I receive a good feedback from my customers. And I am proud a handful of my students actually became respected software developers and they openly state this happened thanks to me.

Working with IT for more than 10 years, I found the same problems other bloggers are complaining about to recruit people, specially undergraduates. And I feel each year the problem gets worse, that is, people become able to get a computer-related degree having less and less competence to write computer programs. But I was surprised to learn this was not just a problem in Brazil, where the educational system is deteriorating in all levels, but a problem hirers and project leaders also have in the US and Europe.

At first I blamed the then new easy-to-use generation RAD tools. People started to think software development was about drag-and-drop components from a visual palette and no one wanted to learn about coding. I remember since the early days of Clipper there were lot of tools promising

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