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tenADVICE FOR COMPUTERSCIENCE COLLEGE STUDENTS

SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2005

Despite the fact that it was only a year or two ago that I was blubbering about how rich Windows GUI clients were the wave of the future, college students nonetheless do occasionally e-mail me asking for career advice, and since it's recruiting season, I thought I'd write up my standard advice, which they can read, laugh at, and ignore.

Most college students, fortunately, are brash enough never to bother asking their elders for advice, which, in the field of computer science, is a good thing, because their elders are apt to say goofy, antediluvian things like "The demand for keypunch operators will exceed 100,000,000 by the year 2010," and "Lisp careers are really very hot ...

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