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Ask HN: How do I switch to CS industry(Web) from college?
3 points by harias 3 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments
I am a sophomore CS undergrad. So far, we have stuck to simple 100's of lines standalone programs in C++ and python. Could you please suggest some resources that helps me understand how the actual industry level deployment (Web) works : Hosting on AWS, server-client interactions, back-end, content delivery etc. Just an overall idea is what I'm looking for.



Check out the 'Start here' section of this page: https://github.com/bmorelli25/Become-A-Full-Stack-Web-Develo...

I'm not sure what you mean by 'Just an overall idea', as the fact you've mentioned content-delivery, client-server interactions etc., suggests that you want to go into the details.

I suggest you pace yourself and learn step by step (check out the 'roadmap' at the above link). There is little point reading about content delivery networks (CDNs) before you have experienced the problem they seek to solve.


Where are you studying? I have seen many schools use AWS as part of the curriculum. Also you should have classes in distributed systems, chances for independent study, etc.

The scary thing is that the industry will change significantly in the next two years, so the CS department wants to teach you something that is as timeless as possible.


India. But having classes on AWS seems fishy, why stick to Amazon? Will have those classes in the future, but the syllabus is pretty outdated.


Not AWS in particular so much as a class has a certain amount of credit they could spend with AWS, Azure, etc. So they can use cloud resources to support what they do -- particularly good if you want to stack up a distributed system.

So far as syllabus I say talk to your profs. For a compilers class today it would make a lot of sense to hack on some open source compiler rather than start from scratch and there are many cool compiler-like things that center around Javascript.


I was in a similar situation as an American CS student a while back, I've just graduated for reference.

What I would worry about in school now is trying to deeply understand the concepts you're being taught, and how the programming assignments you receive reinforce that.

Later on you can try to learn some web development languages yourself (javascript is probably your best bet). We weren't taught any webdev in school, but I taught myself JS and was able to get a job working with that. CS fundamentals taught in school make it easy to pick up web concepts.

Also, you're only a sophomore. As you get further into undergrad you will probably have classes that you feel are more applicable to the real world.




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