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Old August 6 2013, 04:45 PM   #31
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Re: Help! I think I May Have Picked The Wrong Major!

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Hate to be a downer, but if you picked your major for "money and lifestyle", you were in for all the wrong reasons (except if you majored in Pimpin').

Also, it was kind of a gambit to put all your work in one topic you basically knew nothing about. Gambits often don't pay off.
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Major in something you LIKE. If you major in something you don't enjoy, you probably won't end up working in that field anyway. Or if you do, it'll be for a short time until you realize you hate it.

I have no intention of ever using my degree for anything.

Initially I started off majoring in engineering, hoping to move into computer type areas. At the time, I also naively subscribed to the foolish notion that computer type work was "easy street" on the job market. (ie. I was doing it for the money and lifestyle).

After two years of intense general engineering courses (ie. a lot of "weedout" type courses that all engineering majors enrolled in), I found that I was more interested in electronics than computer programming. So I ended up taking further electrical engineering (EE) courses, and some optional physics courses in my junior year. (We had to choose a direction by junior year).

By the end of junior year, I found that electronics wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be. But physics seemed to become more interesting. Since I didn't want to throw everything away, I ended up finishing the electrical engineering degree program in my senior year, along with taking several more optional physics courses.

(I later found out physics at the cutting edge after undergrad, is a lot messier than what one sees in a textbook).
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Old August 6 2013, 05:57 PM   #32
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C is taught in the Operating System/Embedded System course.
Do they still cover assembly language at all, in any computer science courses these days?

(I still do most of my computer programming in C, largely out of habit).
Yes, but only in a few classes. And it tends to focus more on understanding it than writing it.

I like C++ because it gives me the power and speed of C, but drastically reduces the boilerplate required.
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Old August 6 2013, 06:38 PM   #33
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Re: Help! I think I May Have Picked The Wrong Major!

Assembly language is one of the things that pushed me away from Computer Science. (shudder)

That said, I could never entirely figure out how much of it was the subject itself vs. the manner in which it was being presented to me.

I hit similar roadblocks with Calculus actually...I could understand what the professor was saying and follow along and all, but I had a lot of trouble reproducing it on my own.
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Old August 6 2013, 06:50 PM   #34
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I could understand what the professor was saying and follow along and all, but I had a lot of trouble reproducing it on my own.
A common problem, and one that has taken many students by surprise when exam time arrives.

As with most things, it comes down to practice.
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Old August 6 2013, 07:12 PM   #35
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^^^

I remember in freshman engineering, our computer classes consisted of mostly writing numerical algorithms in Fortran. Stuff like writing a computer program to find roots of equations, Gaussian elimination, generating random numbers, etc ...

In sophomore engineering, our computer classes was mostly writing programs in x86 assembly language.

Back then, every engineering major had to take these tedious mandatory computer courses as a part of the general engineering program in freshman and sophomore year.


(I never took any courses which used C. I had to figure it out myself years later).
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Old August 6 2013, 07:16 PM   #36
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^^^

I remember in freshman engineering, our computer classes consisted of mostly writing numerical algorithms in Fortran. Stuff like writing a computer program to find roots of equations, Gaussian elimination, generating random numbers, etc ...

In sophomore engineering, our computer classes was mostly writing programs in x86 assembly language.


(I never took any courses which used C. I had to figure it out myself years later).
These days, things like that are usually just pulled from libraries. Often the standard library, in fact. There's plenty of value in understanding how to do mathematical programming, of course, but there is also a growing recognition that constantly reinventing the basic building blocks is a waste of time and resources.
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Old August 6 2013, 07:19 PM   #37
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These days, things like that are usually just pulled from libraries. Often the standard library, in fact. There's plenty of value in understanding how to do mathematical programming, of course, but there is also a growing recognition that constantly reinventing the basic building blocks is a waste of time and resources.
Back then, every engineering major had to take these tedious mandatory computer courses as a part of the general engineering program in freshman and sophomore year.

They were basically "weed out" type courses, to keep the engineering majors "busy" and to thin out the herd. IIRC, there were numerous F final grades at the end of the term for these tedious mandatory computer courses.

I don't know if they still do it these days, but back when I was in college the engineering departments' intentions were to kick out as many engineering majors as possible in the freshman and sophomore years.
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