Tech Choices for IT Leaders in Education
What languages, operating systems and databases will best prepare students for industry?
Following on from my previous article on the lessons of Slide Rules and LISP, I wanted to see how things have changes since my early developer years and what insights can be taken from this for the educators of today who are preparing students for jobs tomorrow.
Each year Stack Overflow conduct a survey across their enormous community of developers. The most recent survey was completed by 90,000 developers.
90% of developers in this study have college education or higher, indicating that formal software development education is very important for the industry.
As such, Heads of Technology, Computer Science, or IT at colleges face the unenviable challenge of sifting through a myriad of technologies and systems and picking the right ones that both, give their students in-demand, valuable skills, but are also realistic within the education setting — meaning they need to be commercially viable for the college, maintainable and easy enough for the staff to support and teach.
I’m going to look at three main areas;
- Operating systems (OS), and,
Why did I choose these, and not the other categories in the survey such as frameworks, libraries or tools? Language, OS and Database are the minimum must-haves for any project, plus I have a personal bias, I suppose. My development career was all about languages, OS and databases — so frameworks and libraries are a bit of a dark-art to me.
(translation: Do you Speak Python?)