Top Skills According to LinkedIn

LinkedIn released a list of top skills you should have to get a job in 2016. Unfortunately none of the top 5 looked like anything I was interest in. At least I am studying up in #6 Network and Information Security. That is a long term effort I am undergoing right now. Maybe take another year or two to become proficient. Hopefully the skill will still be desirable then.

The only other skill I am doing a bit in is #10 Java Development. However I am not engaged in that in a hard core manner. It is just that whenever I need a quick and dirty utility, I code it up in Java. Nobody seems to mind that I do that. It keeps me remotely connected to some of the APIs for Java developers.

It is not like I want to chase what is hot now. Because that list if fleeting. But it is nice to see that some activities I am concentrating on are good for my career.

JawaScript Framework of the Week

I recall about 10 years ago I was on a big project. They had a guy that was a JavaScript dude. He was well respected. I figured I should learn the language. Eventually I got around to taking some classes on the subject. Wrote some browser games in JavaScript. Decided it was not necessarily for me.

Today I read a tongue-in-cheek discussion between a JavaScript dude and another developer who has been out of the web development world for a few years. Poor guy. Check out their discussion here.

The take away is that to do anything small these days, you better know what the latest cool frameworks and tools are in JavaScript. The bad news is that there are a lot of them. And they seem to change weekly.

I am all about learning new stuff. But I would like the shelf life of the technology to be much longer than a week or a month. I don't have time for such radical churn.