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Technologies developers need to know

On my weblog, I make reference to technologies MS platform developers need to know to stay current (and competitive)

http://radio.weblogs.com/0124037/

Phil
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

You might want to read this article - The 10 Technologies that Will Help You Stay Employed -  http://www.devx.com/DevX/Article/10244

Also, check out the link to the discussion forum at the bottom of the article http://news.devx.com/cgi-bin/dnewsweb.exe?utag=&group=talk.editors.devx&xrelated=2874&cmd_related.x=32&cmd_related.y=9

Btw, the T. Hoskins character who posted several comments in the DevX discussion forum on this topic is me. Actually, it is one of the aliases I use when posting on the World Wide Web.

One Programmer's Opinion
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Thanks for the link.  I identified most of the items he had on his list except:

JavaScript
Regular Expressions
FlashMX

I assume that he was addressing a web application demographic while I was addressing a server application development crowd

Phil
Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Phil wrote, "I assume that he was addressing a web application demographic while I was addressing a server application development crowd"

No he wasn't. In fact, in the article he mentions that he didn't want people to send him letters telling him that their company is perfectly happy with VB3 or that you'll never ever have to do anything except C development.

What Russell Jones seems to be saying in the article is that in his opinion, if you want to stayed employed you must be adaptable and flexible. Sure there will always be people who are specialists (i.e. I only do server development or I only work on projects that use C++), however, I believe he was trying to address the general population of full-time salaried programmers who work for companies that have some type of internal IT department. Some of these companies require their in-house development staff to work on whatever software project needs to be done (i.e. a web application, a desktop application, a client/server application, etc.).

One Programmer's Opinion
Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Regex aren't just for web. In fact, saying that they are hurts your employability (say that to most of the employers that are on this board and you've just finished the interview, thank you, we'll call you, you know the way out don't you?).

Regarding FlashMX & Javascript - if you are in or have access to a fairly large company you could make a niche for yourself right now by offering to convert powerpoints to Flash shows. There's a wealth of material online about why putting Powerpoint on the web is a Bad Thing.

Philo

Philo
Wednesday, June 25, 2003

I'm not sure regular expressions are for *anything*.  I believe it was Jamie Zawinski who said, "Some people, when they have a problem, say to themselves, 'Ah, I can use a regular expression for this'.  Now they have two problems."

The guy whose paper describes them as a "powerful and underused tool" clearly hasn't used them enough to understand why they're underused.  :)

Phillip J. Eby
Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Web services are on the second place? Before databases?

Has anybody seen a real web service in action? I thought that for in house installations existing component frameworks (COM) do the job decidedly more efficiently.

Accessing WEB services hosted some place else, other than the local server(s) ?
Anybody seen this? Really ?

Michael Moser
Tuesday, July 01, 2003

i thought that web services was a web thing that didn't catch on.
If a web technology is around for more then a year, without catching on, then it is probably dead.


- Now XML +Schema for message exchange between programs seems to be alive, though.

Michael Moser
Tuesday, July 01, 2003

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