Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Salary Guide -- 2006
According to the guide the three top high-demand specialties, along with the average starting salaries for these job functions, are as follows:
- IT auditor ($67,000 to $94,250)
- lead applications developer ( $72,000 to $98,250)
- network security administrator ($67,500 to $94,750)
Additional job functions and average starting salary ranges are as follows:
- business systems analysts ($58,750 to $84,750)
- data analysts/report writers ($54,000 to $71,250)
- developers/programmer analysts ($55,250 to $86,750)
- project managers ($72,750 to $99,250)
- quality assurance/testing managers ($67,250 to $88,250)
"Lead applications developer" is the job category that most closely resembles "Web Developer." Salary.com provides the following job descriptions that relate to "lead application developer":
Continuing education is the key to career advancement and programming skills and database expertise continue to be rewarded in the marketplace.Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis, conducts its survey annually based on an in-depth analysis of thousands of job orders managed by the company's U.S. offices. A press release is available for review at the RHT Website where you can also request a free copy of the 2006 Salary Guide.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Ajax & Atlas
Well, one concept that is evolving is the interactivity of Web technologies designed to create even richer Web applications. The name for this emerging concept -- Ajax!
Internet users typically interact with a Web server by clicking a button or a link and this "event" triggers a request for a new page. Ajax techniques allow a Web developer to create a dynamic environment for the user that bypasses this "round trip" request for information.
To see this technology in action visit Google Suggest. Simply begin typing your search request and watch as the Web server dynamically offers suggestions (without requesting a new page) based on what others have been searching for.
Microsoft likes the technology so much it has incorporated support for Ajax in its latest upgrades of ASP.NET and Visual Studio 2005. Microsoft refers to its implementation of Ajax techniques as "Atlas."To learn more about this emerging technology access an Information Week interview with Microsoft's Atlas product manager. In addition you can access an Atlas Quickstart Tutorial at Microsoft's Atlas Website. You can also review a non-Microsoft overview of the evolution of the Ajax from Adaptive Path.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Microsoft "Sea Change"
Fast forward 10 years and imagine a world without the Internet! What will the next 10 years bring?
While nobody knows, Bill Gates is not leaving the future up to chance. His latest company-wide e-mail, referred to as 'Sea Change', is being compared to 'The Internet Tidal Wave' in terms of impact on the company's strategic direction. And this 'sea change' has a direct positive impact on the demand for IT professionals with Web development skills.
The 'sea change' refers to the shift to Internet-based software and services. "This coming 'services wave' will be very disruptive," according to Gates. And with relatively little fanfare Microsoft announced plans for Windows Live and Office Live, two Web-based offerings that aim to help the company compete with Google and Yahoo, companies that are already seeing success with such Web-based offerings.
Whether you are a fan of Microsoft or not, history has proven that betting against Bill Gates is not a wise strategic decision. If the marketplace is indeed moving rapidly toward Internet-based software and services, then it makes sense to develop your Web skills accordingly.
Web developers in training have two primary skill-set options:
- Microsoft's Web development technologies -- ASP.NET & SQL Server
- Open source Web development technologies -- PHP & MySQL
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Boston Market -- November
Monster.com provides the following listings (number of opportunities in parentheses):
Two key skills distinguish Web Developers from Web Designers:
- database knowledge and expertise
- programming knowledge and expertise
- Download a free copy of Microsoft's SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and view an on-demand Webcast to learn about key features
- Download a free copy of the newly released MySQL 5 and register for a free Live Webinar entitled "Top 10 Tips to Getting Started with MySQL 5.0 Today" on Thursday, November 3, 1:00 PM
Programming training opportunities for November include the following:
- Download a free copy of Microsoft's Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition and view the following on-demand Webcasts:
Overview of Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0
Comparing PHP with ASP.NET
Databases and programming are two Web Development skills you can learn today that will help you reap financial rewards tomorrow.