ming assignments—which the testing
and code evaluation tools of Rails can
help grade—thereby allowing us to offer a MOOC with 50,000 students.
˲ Colleagues in industry like it because it addresses several of their concerns. An example is this quote from
a Googler: “I think what you’re doing
in your class is amazing. I’d be far more
likely to prefer graduates of this program
than any other I’ve seen. As you know,
we’re not a Ruby shop, but I feel this is
a good choice for the class to be able to
get real features done. Java or C++ would
We received similar comments
from colleagues at Amazon, eBay, and
Microsoft, none of which are “Ruby
shops.” As we expected, leading software companies prefer students learn
important ideas rather than steer us
to teach specific languages and tools
used inside those companies.
We believe Agile+Cloud+Rails can
turn a perceived weakness of the CS
curriculum into a potential strength.
If you are a potentially interested instructor, we would be happy to help
you cross the long-standing chasm between what industry recommends and
what academia offers.
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Armando Fox ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is an adjunct
associate professor at Uc berkeley and a co-founder of
the berkeley rad lab.
David Patterson ( email@example.com) is the
e.h. and M.e. Pardee chair of computer Science at Uc
berkeley and is a past president of acM.
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