Mark Feffer

Mark Feffer is the Managing Editor of Dice. He started as a videotape editor back when there was videotape to edit, then joined the news desk at Dow Jones News/Retrieval, the company's first online product. He produced The Wall Street Journal's first multimedia CD-ROMs and published his novel, "September," in 2006. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, their fierce terrier, and a schnauzer who wonders why she ever left California. He's a member of the Project Management Institute.

This Oregon County is Desperate for Tech Talent

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Tech businesses in the Eugene-Springfield, Ore., area are having trouble finding the professionals they need to expand. They’re looking for a range of skills including Web development, DevOps, Java development and UI design. The companies vary in size from Symantec, with 1,400 employees and 90 openings at its facility in Springfield, to smaller businesses including Web and mobile developer Concentric Sky, real estate tech firm IDX and small business product developer Palo Alto Software. “When I think of the tech… continue…

Microsoft Taps Insider Nadella as CEO

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Microsoft’s enterprise business head Satya Nadella was named the company’s third CEO yesterday, succeeding Steve Ballmer, who announced his intention to step down last year. Meantime, company founder Bill Gates is giving up his role as chairman to work with Nadella on enhancing the company’s technology and products. Working with the title “Technology Advisor,” Gates is expected to work at Microsoft several days each week, according to Re/code. He’ll remain on the board of directors, which will now be led… continue…

Bootcamp Tries New Approach to Tuition

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Kaplan Test Prep is trying out a new way to finance tuition for participants in its Metis Ruby on Rails bootcamp. It’s partnered with Palo Alto, Calif., startup Upstart to offer financial aid that students pay back over five to 10 years through a pre-determined percentage of their earnings. In other words, rather than commit to paying a set amount each month regardless of their employment situation, Upstart customers pay based on the amount they’re making during the repayment period.… continue…

How to Convince Management to Hire More IT Staff

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When it comes to getting more resources for your IT department, you’ve got to speak the language of management. It’s not enough to simply say work’s not getting done or your projects aren’t progressing as quickly as they should. It’s not enough to talk about how overworked your team is, or about how important tasks are falling through the cracks. It’s not even enough to say the business side of the house – sales, marketing, production – isn’t getting the… continue…

South Florida Companies Predict More IT Hiring

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IT professionals and South Florida businesses see a continued turnaround in local technology hiring and salaries, according to a survey by Miami-based staffing company SherlockTech Staffing. Some 61 percent of the companies surveyed said they plan to hire additional technology staff during 2014. That compares with 57 percent this year. For the most in-demand skills, average starting salaries will increase 10 to 18 percent, the survey said. Those include enterprise-level mobile application developers, cloud infrastructure engineers and IT security analysts.… continue…

Answers to Tough Interview Questions

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  What do you think of pair programming? If you designed an elevator for Bill Gates, how would you test it? These are just a couple of the interview questions you sent in ahead of our Google Hangout on the toughest interview questions you’ve ever heard. Our panel took on each one to show you how to answer it in a way that hits the hiring manager’s hot buttons. Our panel: John Sumser – Founder and CEO, HRExaminer.com Justin Hall… continue…

Microsoft Program Helps Vets Enter Tech Workforce

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Microsoft has kicked off “The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy” to provide software development and testing training to active duty military personnel who are transitioning back to civilian life. The program is a 16-week course that prepares participants to earn certifications as developers, applications engineers and IT project managers. After a pilot program run with Saint Martin’s University at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, the academy will be available on bases in California and Texas. It will then expand… continue…

Software, Data Skills Key to Bigger Paychecks in 2014

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Though few packages are on par with Twitter’s $10 million engineer Christopher Fry, pay is on the upswing for IT occupations, according to a Robert Half Technology salary survey. The survey projects that while salaries will rise an average 3.7 percent in 2014 across a number of sectors — accounting/finance, technology, legal, creative and administrative jobs — the positions with the highest jumps will be engineering, software development and programming. For instance, mobile applications developers and software developers will see… continue…

Watch Our Interview Question Hangout Monday

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Have you entered our interview question contest? Remember that on Monday, we’re hosting a Google Hangout where a panel of career experts will answer your interview questions. It’s all to celebrate the movie The Internship (and, of course, tech careers). Do you have an interview question you’d like an answer for? Whether they’re challenging, weird, funny or whatever, we want to hear them. And by sending one in, you’re entered in our interview question contest. You can watch our hangout… continue…

Factorial Fluency Challenge Update

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Here are some Intermediate results from our Factorial Fluency Coding Challenge. Of the 27 entries received thus far, I’ve marked 11 and omitted two because of errors. Results Everyone who entered should have received an email back acknowledging the entry. If you haven’t, then please contact me. It’s an interesting example of Java v C++/C# and so far it’s C++ that has the fastest time, being 9 billion times faster than the slowest one that took 5.78 seconds. With 15… continue…