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Colleges need to teach students about new software and how to use them. There can be infinite opinions on the amount of lecturing on old versus new technology, but most can see that a mixture of both new and old is mostly beneficial for the student. The authors recommend instructing on “traditional mainframe as well as the Internet client/server environments.” Both Wallace and Wolf foresee an integration of the mainframe and web based technologies. Although the article is from 2006, it is still relevant today.

It is relevant to our class because everything cannot be taught in class to prepare students for the business world. Important topics such as Internet based technologies should be taught in a general matter instead of getting too specific like an obsolete programming language, which would not really help much. Having varied and general coverage in lessons will help students apply what they learned to new, but similar software or technologies.

Our class is a well rounded course for web development as it covers both client and server side technologies. It is impossible to become an expert after one course but it gives students a clearer direction to head in whether it be for aesthetics by using CSS and JavaScript or server/client interaction using ASP.NET.


Wallace, D. C., & Wolf, J. R. (2006). Incorporating in an information systems curriculum. Journal of Information Systems Education, 17(4), 369-371.