Interview with Friday SIGCSE 2014 Keynoter: Hadi Partovi

March 7, 2014 at 1:33 am 1 comment

Hadi Partovi will be delivering the keynote today at SIGCSE 2014.  The interview they just had with him last month on ACM’s website has some nice bits:

As a tech industry veteran and visionary, what would you say to young people who may not realize that two-thirds of the jobs in software engineering are outside the technology sector?

I would say that the reason to study software isn’t because you want to get a job in technology. School teaches you how to dissect a frog, or how electricity works, even if you want to become a journalist or a lawyer. In the 21st century, it’s equally important, or more important even, to know how to “dissect an app” or learn how the Internet works, even if you want to become a doctor, a chemist, or the President of the United States. Maybe you’ll fall in love with it and decide to get a job in software, and if you do, you’ll be in one of the most creative, highest-paying careers in the world. Most students who study computer science in high school will go on to careers outside of computing — but they will still benefit from it. This is a fundamental, foundational science for the 21st century.

via February 6, 2014: People of ACM: Hadi Partovi — Association for Computing Machinery.

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  • 1. lenandlar  |  March 7, 2014 at 6:43 am

    The “dissecting” analogy is pretty clear. Students should be able to understand the internal workings of software etc. However, i can hear critics say ‘well what has become of all the dissecting of frogs that they ever did’? I guess we will never quite know?


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