Joel Spolsky writes a very interesting essay about why teaching Java in colleges is actually bad for the computer industry (and for the students themselves). I’ve heard the same kind of thing repeated around halls at Microsoft. Almost every team I interview with my camcorder says they can’t find enough C or C++ programmers to get their stuff done. Some on very exciting teams with hundreds of millions of users. Some that, gasp, actually have budget to hire real programmers. And, this isn’t just a US problem. The problem exists at our offices around the world. Every team I talk with says they wish they could hire more hard-core programmers.