The Welsh Government supported National Software Academy programme is not teaching XML as part of its curriculum it has been learned.
The National Software Academy, co-ordinated by Cardiff University, says the skill of using XML is not something they do. Matthew Turner of Cardiff University justified the stance. “Our students don’t do XML parsing in the first year and so this wouldn’t fit with the curriculum,” he said.
John Paul Titlow is an expert on careers advice for computing students. “XML is everywhere,” he said. “The markup language is used to define structured information in a wide variety of contexts.
Laurence Bradford is the creator of the blog, Learn to Code With Me. “Android part encompasses learning XML for the app design, understanding concepts of Android and using said concepts programmatically with Java,” she said. “Java is the language used in Android, but the Android part encompasses learning XML for the design of the app, learning the concepts of Android, and using the concepts programmatically with Java.”
Jonathan Bishop is from the Crocels Software Academy. “It makes no sense at all that the National Software Academy does not introduce university students to XML early in their programming careers,” he said. “The Crocels Software Academy is very much focussed on giving university and college students full access to real software projects with the skills other employers need, and we would be happy to give first year students the chance to develop their skills in programming XML, which is a core part of most software applications these days.”
More information can be found about the Crocels Software Academy at: http://academy.crocels.com/vle/3567/crocels-software-academy/