best college for computer science major

Van Gale vangale at
Thu Jan 9 11:01:31 CET 2003

"Laura Creighton" <lac at> wrote in message
news:mailman.1042095148.4015.python-list at
> > "Tupoi" <EDB30 at> wrote in message news:<3e1ba232_6 at nopics.sjc>...
> >
> > The question is meaningless.  All undergrad CS is about the same.
> > Differences in programs don't show themselves until you get to
> > graduate level.
> >
> > That said, the (generally accepted) best (US) schools for graduate CS
> > are Carnagie Mellon and MIT.
> > --
> >
> A frightening thought, if true, from the Land that claims to value
> individualism ...
> Laura Creighton

I don't know what to think of this comment.  Such a broad sweeping flame
based on a broad statement that isn't necessarily true in the first place.
Are you saying colleges are individuals?  Or maybe you think there should be
15 million "best" ways to teach computer science so that we can all have
different individual approaches to programming.  Each of us should invent
our own programming language and only use that?

Additionally, believe it or not, we still have elements of socialism in this
country, at least if you consider unions socialist, and the teachers union
is one of the strongest.

The original statement is debatable.  I think there can be differences.  The
school I attended had a single lowly VAX with barely enough disk space for
projects of any size.  I had to erm... use modem banks at major universities
to get access to Arpanet.  My school didn't even know what Arpanet was and
finally got a "shared connectïon" somehow with Carnegie-Mellon in the mid
90's.  In other words they had pity on us and gave us a sliver of their
bandwidth.  Instead of using BSD if I went to Berkeley for example, I had to
use VMS with DEC BASIC as the only installed language.  Of course I was
reasonably happy about that because many large universities were still
pushing FORTRAN and PL/I on IBM mainframes.


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