Computing education is not dying, just resting before the next race

February 5th, 2007

Wow. what a depressing article featured on Slashdot tonight: The death of computing. And on the site of the venerable British Computer Society. And so wrong, I think. I can’t think of a time when computing has had so many interesting and provocative prospects.

It’s certainly true that CS enrollments are down significantly, here in the US and, apparently, in the UK as well. But we’ve seen this before about 15 years ago.

interest in computing as a majorThe anecdotal evidence we see suggests that job opportunities are back up. Companies like IBM, Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft are putting the rush on our students. There’s a rash of startups focused on many new web and internet oriented ideas: Web 2.0, social media, semantic web, SOA, information extraction, interactive entertainment, pervasive computing, etc.

I think this is still a good time to be in information technology.