Thursday, August 4, 2005

A better way of thinking of CS

Elizabeth Lane Lawley posts this nice summary of Robin's talk at MS Research last week. Sorry I missed it due to all the newbie stuff I had to do!

One thing that struck me is that in some ways, Robin's suggestion that CS be looked at as a tool, useful for all kinds of other disciplines, is like a return of computing to it's roots. Many of the "old school" people in the biz (at least some I've met around Intel & MS), got their start before there were CS programs in schools. They found their way into computers from other fields, either because they were useful tools for solving problems in their field of study (math, physics, engineering), or because there were jobs popping up in a new industry as an old one was waning.

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