Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

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In a previous article, I discussed the best programming languages to learn over the next year. Most of those were popular languages such as C#, JavaScript, PHP, and Swift. (I also did a follow-up that sang the virtues of Objective-C and Python.) But that’s not the final story on languages: Programmers can also benefit from learning other, less popular languages that could end up paying off big—provided the programmers who pursue them play their proverbial cards right. And as with… continue…

Apple’s iPhone 6: Last-Minute Rumor Roundup

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, chances are pretty good you’ve heard that Apple is hosting a little shindig tomorrow, where it’ll almost certainly unveil the new iPhone. Click here to find Apple-related jobs. What’s less clear—at least to anyone who doesn’t work at One Infinite Loop—is what the next iPhone will offer in terms of features. Let’s break down the latest rumors: Size: Of all the current rumors, this one seems all-but-confirmed: Apple… continue…

What If America Isn’t Startup-Friendly After All?

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America is a nation of startups—or that’s how the story goes, at least. But is it true? The Los Angeles Times offered up some stats about the current state of the nation’s startups, and the findings aren’t pretty: As reported by the newspaper, data from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that the number of new startups fell 28 percent between 1977 and 2011. Nor is that the only bad news for entrepreneurs: People aged 20 to 34—the so-called “Millennial” generation—were… continue…

6 Essential IT Certifications for 2015

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Figuring out which IT-related certification program to pursue, from among more than 100 of them, can prove a daunting task for anyone. ITworld recently posted their top suggestions, based on a study from consulting firm Foote Partners. Add to that a very comprehensive annual evaluation guide from Pearson’s IT Certification website, which contains detailed information on many programs. Both are good places to start your own investigation. Any certification program is a compromise between your own skill and learning gaps,… continue…

Revealing a Project’s Missing Requirements

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No matter how good a job you think you’ve done on eliciting project requirements from a client, there will always be gaps; nobody really knows when one is done gathering all requirements, because new wishes and demands continue to trickle in throughout a project’s lifecycle. A project with an excessive rate of change suggests that important requirements may have been overlooked during the elicitation phase. But how do you keep missing requirements to a minimum? Click here to find business… continue…

4 Morphing Technology Jobs

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Earlier this week, ZDNet listed “four classic IT jobs that are moving to the back burner:” mainframe programmers, systems administrators, help desk technicians and SMB IT managers. While it’s true these roles are being changed, there’s still work to be done in each area—it just may get done in a different way. Probably the most obvious job on the list is mainframe programmer. Changes in the way data is hosted and accessed have de-emphasized the need for mainframe software, and… continue…

Check Out This Rare Footage of Steve Jobs From 1980

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Back in 1980, Steve Jobs was an upstart entrepreneur with crazy ideas about what computers could do. This (rare) twenty-minute clip from that year (courtesy of the Computer History Museum) shows him talking about not only Apple’s very early history, but also predicting the evolution of personal computing. “The line between hardware and software is going to get finer and finer and finer,” he suggests at one point, “and one of the ways we’re approaching the problem of how to remove… continue…

IRS Wants Tech Workers to Pay Taxes on Those Free Meals

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The vaunted free meals offered to employees by the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter are getting close attention from the Internal Revenue Service, which says free food is a taxable fringe benefit. The Wall Street Journal reports that the IRS has been seeking back taxes from some employers who haven’t been withholding them on the value of the meals. Last week, the agency and the Treasury Department said taxing employer-provided meals was one of their top priorities for the… continue…

A Big Reason Managers Ask Coding Questions

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Tip of the Day When you’re asked a coding question, it’s important to remember that you’re not being judged by the code you write on the spot, but by the way you approach the problem. For example, depending on the job you’re applying for, using some known algorithm might be the right approach—or it might not be. What the manager really wants to see is whether you get to that algorithm. After all, algorithms and patterns are relatively easy to… continue…

Business-App Developers: Pay Attention to Oculus Rift

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Those who know about Oculus VR, maker of the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, assume that the company (along with third-party developers) will devote the bulk of its time and attention to gaming. After all, the firm boasts legendary game developer John Carmack as its CTO, and every video it produces seems to focus on the device’s ability to deliver an immersive gaming experience. With Oculus’s reputation on the rise (thanks in large part to its acquisition by Facebook), other companies… continue…