Are office people really that, umm shall we say...slow?

From: Alan Pearson <>
Date: Mon Oct 22 03:46:21 2001

> This is correct, the primary problem lies w/ teachers spewing GIGO,
> good teachers is percious few.

Too true... my brother-in-law was doing a C++ course earlier this year and
sent me one of his assignments to have a look at. Imagine my horror when I
looked at the bit of code his teacher had given him to work from and the
first 5 lines were "#include <whatever.cpp>" ...

There have been an alarming number of interviews where I've asked a graddie
(who's supposedly been studying Java for a year) what the significance of
java.lang.Object was, only to be greeted by incomprehension. What do they
teach these people? At least they've moved towards Java now, 5 years ago I
used to ask graddies who "knew C++" what a pointer was and get answers like
"it's that arrow thing on the screen that you move around with the mouse".

And Tony Blair wants to make us a nation of IT excellence :-) Hmmm.

Received on Mon Oct 22 2001 - 03:46:21 BST

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