Top Websites for Computer Science Students

By Adrian Chan

Websites like wired.com and slashdot are a good source for recent news, trends, and stories on technology. When operating in a technology-oriented world, things change fast, and it is important to keep up-to-date. Plus a lot of the content is just kewl!

Open source is a movement that has been growing for many years. In Computer Science it is has a solid foundation. Websites like sourceforge.net are a repository for open source software and provide access to many software projects that are just as good (some arguably better) than commercial products, for free. Websites like github.com are used to help facilitate software development projects (e.g., revision control); indeed, many open source projects found on sourceforge.net use github.com.

Finally, Computer Science and Engineering students love their toys! Who doesn't? Plus, we often learn best by doing. That helps justifying getting the latest tablet... it is for my education! Websites like newegg.ca and tigerdirect.ca are technology retail sites that are used frequently.

Professor Adrian Chan, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University; Recipient of the 2012 3M National Teaching Fellowship, which recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching and learning at Canadian universities.

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