Why good programming principles are not being taught in school
Nov 21, 2011 1:15 AM
At times I do wonder why good programming principles like Dependecy injection,
Dont repeat yourself(DRY) principle, clean code and other principles are not being
taught in schools.
Having obtained a National Diploma(ND) in Computer Science and almost completing
a degree (B.Tech) in Computer Science, I felt like a complete idiot to have gone
to the university to study Computer Science, because there is great discrepancy
from being an academic programmer and a developer. Quite alright, I was taught the
rudiments of programming in school, (control structures, data structures and some
programming constructs), it was not until I got into the business world that I knew
I am in for a big challenge!
Computer science is a field in which new technologies are being developed every
day, that you just have to keep updating yourself, or else you become obsolote.
I have come to realI have come to realise that good principles come with experience,
Programing in school is to get you started, the rest you are on your own. Though
while in school you are supposed to be taught good programing practices, some schools
do it others donot.
Teachers who are professional programmers can teach good programming principles,
but it is impossible for them to teach good programming while in classes, because
they do not have the amount of time required to teach good programming concepts
Thus, developing and acquiring good programming principles is a personal effort
that comes only with practices, reading books and reading other programmers source
codes. Thus, being a good programmer is not measured on academic level, but on years
Therefore, programming is considered as an art and not a science.