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Prof John Byrne: the man who turned Ireland into a tech world power
TK Whitaker may be known as the man who made modern Ireland, but the highly respected civil servant wasn’t the only person who helped make the State what it is today.
For those who wonder how Ireland came to excel both at luring the biggest and best tech companies to set up here and at producing a good few homegrown tech heroes, a great deal of credit must go to Prof John Byrne, the man who helped kickstart a revolution.
tcd  software  ireland  work  history  computer-science 
5 weeks ago by jm
To solve hard problems, you need to use bricolage
In a talk about a neat software component he designed, Bruce Haddon observed that there is no way that the final structure and algorithmic behavior of this component could have been predicted, designed, or otherwise anticipated.
Haddon observed that computer science serves as a source of core ideas: it provides the data structures and algorithms that are the building blocks. Meanwhile, he views software engineering as a useful set of methods to help design reliable software without losing your mind. Yet he points out that neither captures the whole experience.

That’s because much of the work is what Haddon calls hacking, but what others would call bricolage. Simply put, there is much trial and error: we put ideas to together and see where it goes.


This is a great post, and I agree (broadly). IMO, most software engineering requires little CS, but there are occasional moments where a single significant aspect of a project requires a particular algorithm, and would be kludgy, hacky, or over-complex to solve without it.
bricolage  hacking  cs  computer-science  work  algorithms 
september 2013 by jm
CS in VN
Neil Fraser visits a school in Vietnam, and investigates their computer science curriculum. They are doing an incredible job, it looks like -- very impressive!
vietnam  programming  education  cs  computer-science  schools  coding  children 
march 2013 by jm
Eight Real Tales of Learning Computer Science as a High School Girl
'All students at Stuyvesant High School are required to take a year of computer science. As it turns out, the advanced computer science classes skew mostly male anyway. But for a year, boys and girls get exposed to computer programming together. We asked Mike Zamansky, the head of the computer science program, to share some stories from his female students. They did us one better. Eight students sent in first-hand accounts of what it’s like to learn computer programming as a teenage girl.' Some interesting comments here. This topic is weighing on my mind now that I have two girls...
schools  learning  education  computer-science  technology  nyc  girls  teenage 
june 2012 by jm
Open Data Structures
A free-as-in-speech as well as -beer textbook of data structures, covering a great range, including some I hadn't heard of before. Here's the full list: ArrayStack, FastArrayStack, ArrayQueue, ArrayDeque, DualArrayDeque, RootishArrayStack, SLList, DLList,
SEList, SkiplistSSet, SkiplistList, ChainedHashTable, LinearHashTable, BinaryTree, BinarySearchTree, Treap, ScapegoatTree, RedBlackTree, BinaryHeap, MeldableHeap, AdjacencyMatrix, AdjacencyLists, BinaryTrie, XFastTrie, and YFastTrie
algorithms  books  data-structures  computer-science  coding  tries  skiplists  arrays  queues  heap  trees  graphs  hashtables 
may 2012 by jm
Hacking a Google Interview
course notes from a 4-day MIT course on tech interviewing (via Hacker News)
interviews  google  hiring  puzzles  mit  questions  coding  computer-science  algorithms 
august 2009 by jm

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