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Re: informix market share

From: M Segel <>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 10:08:39 -0600
Message-Id: <438b1c2c$0$3556$afc38c87@>

DA Morgan wrote:

> rkusenet wrote:

>> Much I like Informix (though I stopped working with it for about a year
>> now), I also think it is toast for reasons totally different. What
>> is happening is that Informix skilled people are rapidly shrinking, just
>> like Sybase and other fading products. In my last project I worked with
>> some UK folks and was shocked to learn that they were exposed to only one
>> RDBMS: SQL Server, right thru their college days. Little bit of research
>> told me that this trend is bit global with most of the fresh graduates
>> hardly proficient in lesser known databases.

> That is precisely what I have been saying but few want to hear the
> message. But what you also need to know is that what drives the
> curriculum in classes such as mine is attendance. And students have
> no interest in classes taught in anything other than SQL Server and
> Oracle.
> And it isn't just at the University of Washington, 1.5 miles away from
> Bill Gates house. It is the same at the vast majority of colleges and
> universities.

Ahh, now the truth comes out.
Teachers are lazy these days.
Rather than teach theory, they teach product.

But then again, maybe I'm a tad skewed on this.

Theres CIS through engineering, CIS through Arts and science and MIS through the business schools. I guess they stopped teaching cobol and replaced it with Access and MySQL... Its no wonder that when you talk to recent comp sci graduates, (even masters), they don't grok context sensitive languages or other things that are more theory than specific product.


PS. Here's a free clue. Wnen you're doing your next interview and the candidate claims to have a masters and has C/C++ and Java ask she/he/it

(s/h/it) for short..., Ask them what they like most about the language and
what they like least. Depending on their answers you'll know more about
them than they think... ;-)

You can also do the same if they claim to know Perl.

Sure these are programming languages, but you can't come out of any decent University program without knowing at least C, Java, and even Cobol.

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Received on Mon Nov 28 2005 - 10:08:39 CST

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