From: Justin Mason (jm at domain jmason.org)
Date: Thu 26 Sep 2002 - 18:11:03 IST
Matthew French said:
> Actually, I would recommend working for a big organisation at the start of a
> career. I used to think this was a Bad Idea(tm) and avoided them like the
> plague. But then I was sucked into one (heck, they offered to bump up my
> salary so that I would wear a suite)
You must have bumped into quite a lot of things. Those suites can be
tricky to manoeuvre around the office. boom boom ;)
> 1) Why people will spend $x trillion on some crappy hardware when you can do
> the same for EUR50.
and software! witness Oracle, Vantive, SAP and many more.
It's a hard one to understand, really. I quite recently thought it was
that they didn't want to spend $NNk per year on a specialist "high priest"
to write and admin custom web apps (or whatever); but seeing as all these
high-end software systems require a full-time admin *anyway*, there
doesn't seem to be any difference.
(The only one I can think of now, is that those companies know who's got
the checkbook and how to get to them.)
> So long as students can understand issues like packet vs switched networks,
> or relational vs object databases, then the Universities have filled their
> role. Regardless of what technology is used.
Well, being able to tell the difference in latency between writing to
memory, writing to disk, and writing across the network, is also a useful
piece of knowledge that it seems some courses nowadays don't bother to
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