The other side of this story is that we in education do have some influence
in what the business world will use. Most universities stopped teaching
mainframe JCL and COBOL years ago, in favor of unix and c, and I would
venture to say that had some influence on what programming languages the
business world uses now. If we have our students get comfortable in a
non-MS environment, they may at some point be in a position to suggest
using SO or OO at their workplaces, and not just to save money, but to take
advantages of other aspects (adaptability, privacy, security). I don't
believe that this choice is one of selecting an inferior product to save
money, but selecting a different product (better in some ways, worse in
others), which may coincidentally save money.
At 03:23 PM 3/6/2003 -0600, Will Krause wrote:
>Another issue that we in education often fail to take into account is what
>tools our graduates will be expected to use in the business world. If our
>graduates are going to be working in a business/corporate world that is
>MS-centric with respect to desktop applications, are we doing them a
>disservice by moving to SO or OO just to save ourselves a few dollars?
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