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Best Practices: Change is all You Need

If you put ten engineers in a room and ask them about best practices, you’re probably going to get at least 20 opinions. If you ask them again six months or a year later, you’ll get a new set of 20 opinions, and there won’t be a whole lot of overlap. So herewith is the only best practice I’ve been able to stick with: It’s all going to change, so be ready. continue…

Trends

Software Engineering as a career is a juggernaut. In 2011, it was described as the best job in America by CNN, U.S. News and World Report and others. Why? High pay, good work environment and a whole lot of hiring. So where are all these software engineers going? What are they doing, and how do they get there? continue…

Job Hunting Tips for Engineers

You love being a software engineer and you’d like that to continue. There’s just one small problem: You need, or want, a new job. The good news is that the market for software engineers in the U.S. is pretty hot. Here some things to consider as you plan your strategy. continue…

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Is There a Future in Programming D?

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Over at HTML5Report.com, Steve Anderson is wondering if D is the next big programming language. D took form when Walter Bright and Andrei Alexandrescu combined their efforts to develop a new language back in 2005. The result, says Anderson, offers some “very exciting” possibilities, and he notes that the ad-tech firm Sociomantic Labs, recently acquired by Tesco for $200 million, used D to build its online system. Making things more interesting is another online company’s interest in D: Facebook. Click… continue…

2 Networking Tricks for Shy People

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Tip of the Day You don’t have to be the life of the party to have a vibrant network. Select the formats and venues where you’re the most comfortable, and get the ball rolling by building a small circle of contacts. If you’re uncomfortable by yourself, go with a friend or colleague. That way, you can break the ice by making introductions and engaging in small group conversations. You may find it’s easier to get started by remembering that everyone’s… continue…

Internet of Things Increases Need for Security Pros

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The sheer number of “things” to be secured in the Internet of Things is expected to create a rash of jobs in cybersecurity over the next several years. “You’re going to have to secure the device or the sensor, you need to secure the data, and you’re going to have to secure that across an open network,” Intel’s head of business marketing, Stuart Dommett, told an IoT roundtable in May. “It really is a massive, massive change.” Click here to… continue…

Download Apollo 11′s Source Code

Posted In Living in Tech
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This weekend’s 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing reminded everyone of what one nation can accomplish if it has enough money, engineering ingenuity and people willing to strap themselves into a rocket bound for space. Despite its impressive hardware, NASA’s computing power for the mission seems paltry by modern standards. The agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center relied on IBM System/360 Model 75 mainframes to maintain communications with Apollo 11, running programs no more than a few megabytes in… continue…

Is This New Cyber Forensics Certification Worth the Investment?

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Continued pressure on cybersecurity systems is making professionals with security and forensic experience extremely attractive to employers. Not surprisingly, related certifications are gaining more attention, including one of the newer ones: the CCFP, or Certified Cyber Forensics Professional from the (ISC)². According to (ISC)² Executive Director W. Hord Tipton, the organization saw a need for a certification that was broader than those available for professionals working in and around law enforcement, intelligence, litigation, consulting and computer security. The CCFP’s target… continue…

Google Wants to Teach You How to Build Android Apps

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Google wants to teach developers how to build safe, effective Android apps. Last week, Google launched an online learning hub titled, “Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals.” Its courses—intended for students with “at least three years of programming experience” in Java or another object-oriented programming language such as Python—focus on the best practices associated with building mobile apps, and demonstrate how to craft an Android product from scratch. Click here to find Android-related jobs. While anyone can access the course videos… continue…

From Linux Sys Admin to Programmer in 3 Easy Steps

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We got an email from a Dice user: “I’d like to move from Linux systems administration to programming. What’s the best way to make a smooth transition?” He’s in a good place. His knowledge of Linux servers, the Linux command line, distribution and tools will serve as a solid foundation for a career in programming and development. Plus, learning how to program the Linux kernel will boost his market value and help him capitalize on the growth of DevOps, notes… continue…

‘Soft’ Skills Count as Job Skills on Your Resume

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Tip of the Day If you want to know which job skills are needed for a specific role, print 10 job descriptions from Dice that most closely represent the type of work you want. Then, look at their requirements. Almost all of the things you’ll find listed there are job skills. That includes certifications and soft skills used in team building and communication. “Able to work under tight deadlines” may not seem like a job skill, but it is. Business… continue…

Is Zappos Leading a New Management Trend With ‘Holacracy?’

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Tony Hsieh and Evan Williams have seen the future, and it’s called holacracy. Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, and Williams, the Twitter co-founder now starting up the Medium blogging hub, have both embraced this new approach to organizational structure and management. It eliminates traditional job descriptions and reporting layers and, its advocates say, puts power into the hands of the rank and file. Vox says it’s becoming the latest thing in Silicon Valley. Click here to find project management positions.… continue…

Apple’s iPhone 6: What to Expect

Posted In Living in Tech
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Apple’s latest pair of iPhones will reportedly begin mass production in July and August, according to a new report. While many a rumor about the notoriously tight-lipped Apple should be taken with a sizable grain of salt, a number of reliable sources over the past few months have insisted that the next iPhone generation will feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch units, the better to compete with popular “phablets.” Many of those sources also suggest that Apple will release at least one… continue…