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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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Non-Certified Skills That Pay: JavaFX and SAP GTS

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Everybody knows that the right tech certifications can boost pay. What everybody tends to forget is that non-certified skills can earn you just as much—provided they’re the right skills. David Foote, chief analyst and chief research officer at Foote Partners, a Vero Beach, Fla.-based firm that tracks certifications, told Dice about the growing value of JavaFX, a software platform that, when combined with Java, enables the creation and deployment of modern-looking applications with rich content, audio, and video. Click here… continue…

Daily Tip: Choosing a Software Platform

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A lot of apps promise to “disrupt” our lives in a positive way, and for every over-hyped piece of software that fails to gain any marketplace traction, there always seems to be one or two that might actually change how we communicate, schedule, and work. But how to determine which app might prove useful for your business, versus a piece of junk you’ll have to replace after a year because it fails to meet your needs? For software development jobs,… continue…

Where Are All the Women Execs?

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How many U.S. companies have at least one female executive on staff? According to a new report from marketing-data company Infogroup Targeting Solutions, a mere 27 percent fit that description. The one region bucking that trend is the San Francisco Bay Area, where Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Emeryville all boast higher percentages of women executives. “Silicon Valley is actually faring really well [in] comparison to the balance of the U.S.,” Andrea Haldeman, Infogroup’s senior vice president of sales, told Fortune… continue…

The Key to Retaining Your Best Employees

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Carly Guthrie, who used to run human resources at iconic New York City restaurant Per Se before jumping into the tech world, sat down recently with First Round to discuss what really drives employees to leave their companies, and how those companies can craft policies that retain people for the long term. Click here to find team lead positions. Guthrie thinks people leave companies for the following reasons: Lack of Respect for Peoples’ Time: This is a big one: people… continue…

3 Interview Questions for Data Analysts

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Ever considered a job as a data analyst? According to CNBC, it’s the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” Data analysts decipher business problems, create algorithms, and turn terabytes of structured and unstructured data into valuable intelligence that businesses can understand and use. “Imagine all the comments companies receive from social media and emails,” said Brandon Purcell, data science team lead at Beyond the Arc, a customer experience consulting and advanced analytics firm based in Berkeley, Calif. “A data analyst… continue…