Why App Developers Face Such Long Odds

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Why did the app developer move back home with his mom? Sure, that sounds like the setup for a joke—but for many developers, it’s also reality: despite the much-publicized stories of app-builders and startup founders making millions (or even billions) off the software they’ve built, the substantial majority earn only just enough to get by, according to a new column in the Harvard Business Review. Click here for app development jobs. “Encouraging kids to blow off schoolwork to write apps,… continue…

How to Face Down an Interviewer Who’s a Jerk

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When you go in for an interview, you expect the manager to be professional, if not pleasant. But sometimes you run into one who’s just, to put it plainly, a shmuck. Needless to say, it’s no fun to face someone who’s irritated or angry, rude or belittling. Don’t take the bait. Believe it or not, some companies purposely conduct stress interviews to see how a candidate deals with pressure. Though that says a lot about a company’s culture, you still… continue…

This Is What Studios Look for in Game Developers

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Is there a golden ticket for software developers searching for jobs in games — aside from mad math skills and passion? From where recruiters stand, the only real unifying factor is experience. “The common denominator for most software development ads we see isn’t that surprising. It’s experience,” says Paul Teall, a New Orleans-based game industry veteran. “Studios are looking for people who can jump right in and get the job done. Candidates need real-world examples of work that they’ve done… continue…

Why User Experience Designers Are More Valued Than Ever

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IBM will pump $100 million into consulting services designed to help improve clients’ user experience design (UX). As part of that initiative, Big Blue will open 10 “Interactive Experience” labs at locations around the world, including London, Melbourne, Mexico City, New York, Shanghai, and Tokyo. “There’s no longer any real distinction between business strategy and the design of the user experience,” Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president of IBM Global Business Services, wrote in a statement. “The last best experience… continue…

More Business Units Want Their Own Analytics Talent

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More and more, we hear that technology tasks are moving outside of the traditional IT department, with business units relying on embedded expertise to handle their unique technology needs. Here’s another example of the trend: More non-technical departments are developing their own analytics strategies and kicking off projects with their own resources rather than relying on a central IT function. In part, that’s because business leaders often see the technology group as a stumbling block as opposed to a resource.… continue…

Here’s How to Get a Job at Hulu

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Hulu is a Los Angeles, Calif. based online video company, whose website and over-the-top subscription and Web syndication services offer on-demand streaming of TV shows, movies, webisodes, games and other media. The company has nearly 800 employees across eight offices in the U.S. and China, with about 120 “Hulugans” working across a variety of technical roles, including software developers, program managers, systems engineers and database developers. Shannon Sullivan, Hulu’s director of talent management says the company looks for “rock star… continue…

‘Internet of Cars’ Opens New Market for Developers

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Privacy advocates are more than a little concerned about the so-called “Internet of Cars.” An offshoot of the nascent-but-expanding “Internet of Things,” the “Internet of Cars” refers to the growing number of vehicles loaded with sensors and devices capable of accessing the Internet. Carmakers, cell-network providers, mobile-telematics developers, and a long list of technology companies (including Google, Apple and Microsoft) are stuffing as much connected hardware as possible into anything with four wheels and a motor. Click here for vehicle-related… continue…

Four Lessons in Project Management from Healthcare.gov

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The Obama administration claims that roughly 6 million people have signed up for a healthcare plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the highly controversial law. Administration officials had originally hoped for 7 million signups by March 31, the deadline for those who want healthcare coverage in 2014. But those officials aren’t conceding defeat over the lower signup figure; instead, they’re attempting to cast it as a strong rebound from Healthcare.gov’s disastrous rollout last October. Click here to find more… continue…

How to Run a Linux Terminal on Your Android

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Lots of developers, programmers and systems people run SSH, allowing them access to their remote Linux systems. While a remote terminal on your Linux notebook is useful if you have your notebook at hand, having the capability on your Android smartphone is pretty darned convenient, especially if you are two floors and 10 offices away from your desk and notebook. Today, we’ll talk about what you need to get it going. Most Linux systems, especially desktops, start SSH by default… continue…

An Employee’s Guide to Open Source Contributions

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Creating your own project or otherwise contributing to open source is the kind of thing that can help you show off your skills to potential employers. Beyond that, many programmers contribute because they enjoy the work involved or use it to develop new skills. But it’s worth bearing in mind that, depending on your company’s attitude, there can be job-related pitfalls. Here are some things to look out for. Some businesses feel that anything created by their employees — even… continue…