On the quality of academic software:
Software is eating the world. Despite a poor year, Facebook has a market capitalization of $65 billion. This little company with barely 2000 developers is worth as much as a car marker.
Students should take notice. I would expect countless students to come to college demanding top-notch software training. I would expect graduate students to focus on building gorgeous software programs.
Yet software produced in universities and colleges is awful, and it is not getting better. I have a few explanations:
(Via Daniel Lemire’s blog) Highly recommended. Read all about it at the link on the top.