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Software Engineering Grads Lack Skills Startups Need


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Nitish M. Devadiga, a principal engineer at startup Datarista.

A study by Nitish M. Devadiga, principal software engineer at seed-stage software provider Datarista, found that the present state of software engineering education at universities does not meet the needs of technology-based software startups.

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A study by Nitish M. Devadiga, principal software engineer at seed-stage software provider Datarista, found that the present state of software engineering education at universities does not meet the needs of technology-based software startups.

Devadiga reviewed core courses offered in software engineering programs at Boston-area universities and interviewed Boston-area startups.

He found the standard software engineering curriculum places little emphasis on skills valued by startups, such as an in-depth understanding of the software ecosystem and its tools, and the ability to build scalable systems and program for large-scale, distributed, data-intensive systems that leverage cloud computing.

Devadiga said today’s technology-oriented, fast-paced, Internet-scale companies use technologies that are “data-intensive and much different than what has been taught in universities over the last 20 years.”

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