[plt-scheme] Last year students...

From: Anthony Wuersch (awuersch at siac.com)
Date: Fri Apr 21 14:37:49 EDT 2006

It's a workplace norm issue.

In design fields, the norm for interviewing a candidate is to ask for a 
portfolio of work.   If one goes for a website design job, that's still 
a norm --- show examples of past work.  Specialty schools like Parsons 
School of Design arrange the last year so each graduate can accumulate a 
portfolio from class projects.

If programmers were viewed as program designers, rather than as design 
seamstresses, they would be asked for portfolios too.

In textile/fashion, seamstresses are trained differently from designers. 
 Whereas, in a CS curriculum, the two groups are offered the same 
courses and meet the same requirements.

Courses that lead to portfolio quality work can help.   When I was at 
Yale long ago, the "in" thing to do was to program games.  A modern 
variant on that is a backgammon neural net.  It's not hard to do and 
exercises many skills.  Setting up a monitor to view shocks applied to 
its network by training examples is enlightening.

Matthias Felleisen wrote:

> On Apr 21, 2006, at 10:26 AM, Prabhakar Ragde wrote:
>> programming contests, which from my point of view are counterproductive.
> _________________________________________________
>  For list-related administrative tasks:
>  http://list.cs.brown.edu/mailman/listinfo/plt-scheme

This message and its attachments may contain  privileged and
confidential information.  If you are not the intended recipient(s),
you are prohibited from printing, forwarding, saving or copying this
email.  If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately
notify the sender and delete this e-mail and its attachments from your

Posted on the users mailing list.