Tech Hiring Set to Rise in 2015: Dice Survey

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Demand for tech professionals isn’t slowing down anytime soon, according to nearly 800 tech-focused hiring managers. In fact, tech-hiring intentions for the first half of 2015 are record breaking. Heading into the new year, 75 percent of recruiters anticipate hiring more tech professionals in the first six months of 2015 than the last six months of 2014, an all-time high for Dice’s semi-annual hiring survey. That’s five points greater than mid-year and two points greater than December 2013. Nearly three… continue…

Interview Qs for PHP Developers

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Resolving stakeholder issues can turn an average PHP coder into an expert developer, according to Dallas-based Web developer and PHP aficionado Chris Cornutt. And he should know, as he’s worked with the open-source language (as well as the users who rely on it) for over 13 years. “Nine-to-five coders only see a piece of the puzzle,” Cornutt said in an interview. “When you delve a little deeper to solve a user’s problem, you not only gain an in depth understanding… continue…

Is Microsoft Truly Embracing Open Source?

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Back in the day, Microsoft viewed open source and Linux as a threat and did its best to retaliate with FUD and patent threats. So it must have been galling to its executives as, over the past 20 years, the bulk of the Internet came to rely on Apache Web servers; while Microsoft now leads in hostnames (according to Netcraft), Apache remains ahead in terms of hosted active sites. And then a funny thing happened: Whether in the name of… continue…

Robin Williams Topped Google’s 2014 Searches

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A lot of interesting stuff occurs in any given year, and a lot of people decide to Google that interesting stuff in order to find out more about it. But what did we Google the most in 2014? According to the search-engine giant, queries concerning a certain comedian beat out not only the World Cup, but also Ebola, the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and Flappy Bird. Click here to find SEO jobs. Without… continue…

Apple’s Market-Share Is Good News for iOS Devs

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Apple has managed to seize a bit more of the worldwide market for smartphones, according to the latest data from research firm Gartner. The firm estimates Apple’s current share of the market at 12.7 percent, an incremental increase from the 12.1 percent it held in the third quarter of last year. That places it second behind Samsung, whose market-share declined from 32.1 percent to 24.4 percent over the past 12 months. Other ranked manufacturers included Huawei (5.3 percent), Xiaomi (5.2… continue…

Daily Tip: Switch Off Notifications

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Want to be more productive? Pull out your smartphone and/or tablet, and turn off all the notifications. By eliminating all those annoying messages that pop up on your screen at inopportune moments, you’re more likely to stay on-task, boosting your productivity. The exceptions to this rule, of course, are those people whose job requires they rapidly acknowledge and respond to any incoming messages. But for anyone who doesn’t deal with real emergencies on a daily basis, having no pop-up notifications… continue…

Writing a Great Post-Interview Thank-You Note

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It’s common knowledge that job seekers should send thank-you notes to recruiters and hiring managers after an interview. The tough part is figuring out what to say and how to say it. Will an email suffice? And should you really use a formal salutation (“Dear [person’s name]”) to address the founder of a laid-back tech startup? Sending a customized, well-written thank-you note after an interview will certainly help you stand out, and could even allow you to seal the deal.… continue…

Facebook CEO: No ‘Dislike’ Button Coming

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For anyone who ever wanted Facebook to build a “Dislike” or “Hate” button into its News Feed, prepare to have your hopes dashed: In a public question-and-answer session, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that the ubiquitous “Like” button won’t be receiving an evil sibling anytime soon. “Some people have asked for a Dislike button because they want to be able to say ‘That thing isn’t good,’” he said, according to a transcript compiled by TechCrunch. “And that’s not… continue…

Daily Tip: Work-Life Balance During the Holidays

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The holidays are upon us, and all the joy and stress that come with them. Unless you work at a company that deals with retail in some way, chances are pretty good that you’ll experience a bit of a workplace slowdown during the final two weeks of the year. This is a good thing because, as Fast Company describes in a new column, a slower pace gives you the chance to re-balance your professional life a bit. How do you… continue…

How to Break Out of a Job-Search Rut

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If you feel as if you’ve applied for too many positions without getting past the first interview (or even getting an interview at all), and you’ve become bored and frustrated with the process, you’re officially in a job-search rut. Forget about moving forward: The key at such moments is to rethink the way you look for work. Accept Your Unhappiness Susan Wise Miller, career counselor and vocational expert at California Career Services, imparted three conditions for change—the first and most… continue…