Columbia Computer Science

Thursday, December 29, 2005

"The Perils of JavaSchools"

Joel Spolsky claims that Java-only CS curriculum make it too difficult to tell if a graduate can handle hard and abstract concepts such as pointers and recursion. Columbia CS uses C in Data Structures...


  • I am not sure why recursion could not be taught using Java. Furthermore, Java uses (typed) pointers everywhere, they just call them references.

    The only two features missing from Java (in comparison with C) are untyped pointers and pointer arithmetic.

    By Blogger John F K, at 9:22 PM  

  • By Blogger Jessica, at 12:49 AM  

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