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Thursday January 25, 2007
12:35 PM

Why Computer Science doesn't help you at Web 2.0

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I've always known I was going to be a programmer. Ever since I was in primary school and made the turtle move in Apple LOGO, I knew that computers were my future.

As I grew up, I spent most of my time trying to learn how to write programs. I tried a lot of languages; BASIC, Pascal, asm, C/C++, VB, through to the esoteric such as PPE and Java.

When I got to University I naturally took up Computer Science. I wasn't the type to hang out at the bars or go to toga parties. I had something cooler to do. Something even more exciting. I read Tanenbaum.

Once the whole web-take-two thing took off, I knew that this was my chance. I wanted a slice of the action. And with my background I thought that I had what it takes to strike it big.

I started reading blogs by Guys who made it big. I started listening to podcasts during my work commute and even started jogging to catch up on any insider tips.

I had all bases covered; the low-level languages, the high-level languages and even the buzzwords.

And so I started Freehouse...

However, having the best programming languages under you belt doesn't matter and knowing the difference between Splay tree and a red-black tree isn't going to help you become the next YouTube.

Yep. I thought it was going to be straight forward. Almost automatic! But I missed out on something very important they never taught us in school:

Marketing.

Alfie John

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