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is university a waste of time?

Richard Agnes

Joined: Feb 12, 2001
Posts: 22
I am doing a Computing degree at the moment, which covers a lot of OOAD the method we are learning from initially is Craig Larman's introductory book on using UML and Patterns. is anyone familiar with this and is it vaguely related to XP? I have no knowledge of the XP process but it seems that whereever I look XP is widely in use. I even saw a post saying that Craig Larman himself lead an XP team and liked it?
Frank Carver

Joined: Jan 07, 1999
Posts: 6920
University is never a waste of time. Like many other things in life, what you get out is proportional to the effort you put in. In this case, you should take the opportunity to study as widely as you can, and suppress your hopes for a "fast track" to the "next great thing". XP is good. I use it myself whenever I can. But the aim of a university education is to help you understand as well as use the things you encounter. And to really, deeply, understand XP and when to use or not use it you need to also understand as many other methodologies as possible.
Believe me, it may not seem like it now, but studying at University is a lot easier than studying while trying to also hold down a job, so the more you can study now, the better prepared you will be. Make like a sponge :- study (and practice) XP, OOAD, RUP, FDD and all the other methodologies you can find. Invent your own and see how it measures up.
Be ruthless in your learning, you are in the best place to do it!

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shailesh sonavadekar
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 1874

Be ruthless in your learning, you are in the best place to do it!

What do you mean by this , Frank ? Ruthless in Learning ?
Frank Carver

Joined: Jan 07, 1999
Posts: 6920
A ruthless learner takes every opportunity to learn, and doesn't let pride or laziness get in his way. A ruthless learner studies anything and everything, whether it is appropriate to a certification course or not.
When I was at university, I knew many students who loafed through their courses doing only the minimum amount of work necessary to pass. This is a terrible waste. A university can be an amazing resource, if you just reach out and learn. Libraries are well stocked and capable. Professors, Lecturers and other students are happy to discuss and share, communication with other centres of learning is easy.
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