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Why Java Skills Matter Now, And Will In The Future

Whether you want to make a new mobile app for the Android operating system, you’re building a new piece of innovative software, or are looking to alter an existing piece of software with a plug-in, chances are pretty good Java’s going to be a good choice. Amid all the noise around the the fast moving world of high tech, despite its age, Java continues to be one of the most used languages. The coding language, that just recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary last month, continues to be one...

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Infographic: The Rise Of Coding Bootcamps

At the rate coding jobs are becoming available, for every one employed developer in 2012, by 2015, 2 will be needed; and by 2020, you'll need three for every one. That means in approximately eight years there will be over three times more coding jobs available. The problem is, there aren't enough Americans who have the necessary skills to succeed in this burgeoning field. Jobs are being sent overseas, or people are coming to the United States from other countries to fill these lucrative...

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3 Tech Skills Needed To Succeed Today

Times have changed. The same skills you needed to be successful in Corporate America in the 1950’s are no longer all you need to succeed. The fast moving world of technology has changed all that. Today, if you’re looking for a new job, or are looking to advance in your current career, it’s important for you to attain the necessary skills. The truth is, if you have strong tech skills, the odds of you getting that job you’re chasing increase dramatically. And in most cases, you have a leg up in...

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Open data in Wilmington has been a hot topic this month

As we noted in November, there’s an open data movement afoot in Delaware. In just a month, the campaign for more transparency has grown even stronger: the Wilmington Office for Economic Development, City Council and the Open Data Delaware Meetup have all begun pushing the movement forward. The director of Wilmington’s Economic Development office, Jeff Flynn, said the office purchased the domain opendatawilmington.com the other week. “Wilmington is ready for open data,” he said. So far, the site...

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3 Modern Tech Juggernauts That Leverage Java

While most technological hardware, like our phones and laptops, might seem obsolete after 20 years, computer software coding language Java is alive and strong today. The coding language celebrated its 20 year anniversary recently and is, to date, one of the most popular programming languages in the world at large corporations. Running on operating systems MacOSX, Windows, Linux and Solaris; cellphones, laptops, tablets, and desktop computers, Java is considered one of the most prevalent coding...

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Why Programming Software Is The Ideal Second Career

We’ve all had the thought. “What if I changed careers? I bet I could do that job well. There’s a lot of demand for the job, if I got the right training, I could excel in that field.” There’s no shame in thinking about a career change. Whether it’s an attempt to change your current financial situation, spend more time with our family, or just looking for something different, second careers are becoming more common, and even a better idea. According to this article on Forbes.com, employees who...

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10 steps to becoming the developer everyone wants

You thought it was all about programming skills. But you were wrong! Great code is fine, yet commanding better work and a higher salary depends on ensuring more people know who you are. In other words, you need to market yourself. Here's what seems to succeed. Developer tip No. 1: Blog Set up a blog, and post more than once a month. Do real research and make sure you don't sound stupid. Seriously, learn to write. Do the stuff your grade-school English teacher taught you: Create an outline, draw...

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What it takes to be a coder. Insight from Zip Code Wilmington's first cohort.

We're often asked what it takes to be a coder. After getting to know our diverse set of admitted students, I think I finally have the answer. Our admitted students come from varied backgrounds. Our current cohort is filled with former teachers, financial analysts, a carpenter, an art school grad, a professional poker player, a political campaign consultant, several MBA graduates and more. Each student has varying degrees of logic, math and design skills. However, there's one attribute that all...

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Infographic: Tech Jobs With The Highest Pay & Fastest Growth

Ever wanted to get a job in tech? Now's a pretty good time to do it. We grow more dependent on technology every day to do our jobs, complete tasks, and get things done. Think about it, without our laptops and smart phones along with the software that's on there, we can't communicate or interact with anyone who's not in the same room as us. The truth is there are more tech jobs opening up in the United States today than anytime in the history of the country, and there's a real shortage of...

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Infographic: Is A Coding Bootcamp Right For You?

With the amount of attention (albeit warranted) placed on the world of software development, it's no wonder people are looking for ways to access the industry. The prevailing, and wholly incorrect, view of the current state of the industry is that it is relegated to the young, the un-established professional. The icons of the industry like Mark Zuckerberg with Facebook and James Gosling with Java are revered for their accomplishments. But the truth is, the opportunity to create something...

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