Walt Mankowski on 30 May 2008 08:06:17 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] OT: Is ACM Worth Joining?

On Wed, May 28, 2008 at 08:35:49PM -0400, William H. Magill wrote:
> On May 27, 2008, at 5:57 PM, Brian Vagnoni wrote:
> > Got an ACM intro deal in my mailbox today just curious if it's worth  
> > the $84.
> ACM is THE trade association for the academic Computer Science crowd.
> IEEE likes to think it is, but it only carries weight with the  
> "engineering"
> side of Computer Science.  As a gross generalization, the distinction  
> is:
> ACM= algorithms  and IEEE = chips.
> So, yes, especially if you want any kind of "academic" career or one in
> which academic "credentials," "contacts," and "publications" count.
> The on-line library is a good source for information on all kinds of
> Computer Science.

The ACM Digital Library is indeed very cool.  It's worth pointing out,
though, that if you have access to a college library website (perhaps
via an alumni account at your alma mater) you might be able to access
it through that.


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