Otago University head of computer science Brendan McCane shares his view on what is the biggest challenge facing ICT in 2012.
Stories by Brendan McCane
In my previous column, I discussed the advantages of hiring good programmers. Good programmers are 10 times more productive than poor programmers and therefore it is much more important to hire a good programmer than one who happens to have exactly the knowledge required for the position. That is all well and good, but how can you tell if someone is a good programmer?
I sometimes hear that universities should be producing “industry-ready graduates”. I’d argue that we already do, but first I am going to apply a standard academic trick: redefine what “industry-ready” means.