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Apr
28

The Next Big Programming Language You've Never Heard Of

Andrei Alexandrescu didn’t stand much of a chance. And neither did Walter Bright.

When the two men met for beers at a Seattle bar in 2005, each was in the midst of building a new programming language, trying to remake the way the world creates and runs its computer software. That’s something pretty close to a hopeless task, as Bright knew all too well. “Most languages never go anywhere,” he told Alexandrescu that night. “Your language may have interesting ideas. But it’s never going to succeed.”

Alexandrescu, a graduate student at the time, could’ve said the same thing to Bright, an engineer who had left the venerable software maker Symantec a few years earlier. People are constantly creating new programming languages, but because the software world is already saturated with so many if them, the new ones rarely get used by more than a handful of coders—especially if they’re built

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Apr
16

Computer engineering degrees pay off big time

Computer engineering majors are some of the highest paid workers in the country, according to new data analyzed by the Brookings Institution.

Students who graduate with engineering degrees across a variety of fields are rewarded with high-paying jobs and have strong earning potential throughout their career, according to the recently released report. The top engineering degrees are chemical, aerospace and energy while computer engineering lands as the fourth-highest earning degree.

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There’s a slight difference between computer engineering and computer science, according to Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. Computer engineering studies the practical elements of designing and building computing systems whereas computer science deals more with the “theoretical underpinnings” of computing.

What’s interesting about this data, compiled by The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, is the level of detail related

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