On Tue, 14 Jun 2005, John Madden wrote:
> The course leans more towards networking, yet there was only one
> module where we did practical networking stuff (ie. messing with
> routers etc.). This was only for one semester in final year, and
> the labs were more of a beginners CLI than anything to do with the
> routers themselves.
I'm puzzled, why would you think learning a router CLI intimately
should be part of a CS/CA degree course?
You should be learning about distance vectors and Dijkstra's SPF
algorithm (and some of the other shortest-path algorithms) and
optimal ways to implement such algorithms. (and other practical
applications of graph theory).
That kind of knowledge will last you a lifetime, whereas learning
some vendor's router CLI likely would be dated even by the time you
graduate. Knowledge I'd go back to university to pick up...
(Incidentally, I wouldn't try study computing in Ireland - the level
of most of them seems to vary, Trinity's /day/ CS course excepted,
whose syllabus at least seems interesting. The Trinity evening time
CS course unfortunately is completely watered down - seems all too
common with evening time courses :( ).
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