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Computer Science vs. Software Engineering

theodp (442580) writes | more than 2 years ago

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theodp (442580) writes "Microsoft's promotion of Julie Larson-Green to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering in the wake of Steven Sinofsky's resignation is reopening the question of what is the difference between Computer Science and Software Engineering. According to their bios on Microsoft's website, Sinofsky has a master's degree in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an undergraduate degree with honors from Cornell University, while Larson-Green has a master's degree in software engineering from Seattle University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Western Washington University. A comparison of the curricula at Sinofsky's and Larson-Green's alma maters shows there's a huge difference between UMass's MSCS program and Seattle U's MSE program. So, is one program inherently more compatible with Microsoft's new teamwork mantra?"

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If it is to be compatible as... (1)

mitzampt (2002856) | more than 2 years ago | (#42010497)

...OS releases to existing application then none of them should really do.

Joke aside, if we are completely pragmatic then a team of any sorts could do better with more Software Engineers than with a majority of Computer Science graduates. But in any team I would work with, there must be at least one Comp Sci graduate, as we Engineers may lose focus of best practices in our field.... Some advisory about when to not bend the rules is welcome, but most of the time the need is for more practical people.

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