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Businesses

+ - Is There an Engineer Shortage or Misallocation?

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "While the conventional wisdom these days seems to be that every new start-up is good for the USA, VC Roger Ehrenberg makes the case against the 'fund every start-up' approach. Because so many start-ups are getting funded as seed stage capital has become increasingly plentiful, engineers that could be helping scale successful companies are instead pursuing their own gigs, creating a bunch of mediocre start-ups that soak up scarce talent, creating a shortage. Ehrenberg argues this is neither good for long-term job creation nor perhaps even for the aspiring engineer/entrepreneur, who might enjoy greater wealth and achievement as an integral member of a rapidly growing and successful company."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Building an Arduino-based laser game

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Arduino is an easy-to-use electronics platform. The entire platform, both the hardware and the software, is completely open source, and the language is loosely based on C/C++. Whether you're new to Arduino or a seasoned builder, this project has something for you. There's nothing quite as satisfying as creating an interactive physical object. Use this tutorial to create an interactive laser game called "'Duino tag," where players can play tag using devices built nearly from scratch."
Databases

+ - IBM releases DB2 for Mac OS X->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On his blog, Antonio Cangiano announced the official release of DB2 Express-C for Mac OS X. Among the reasons behind this milestone is "an acknowledgment [by IBM] of the growing importance of Mac as a development and business platform". When even IBM ports its products to Mac, one has to wonder if this is a sign that Mac is becoming a serious alternative for businesses and the IT world."
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Programming

+ - Merb to merge with Rails 3

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geoffroh
geoffroh writes "Merb was started two years ago by Ezra Zygmuntowicz as a framework to serve ERb templates from Mongrel, and grew quickly to carve out a niche as an alternative Rails stack. Merbists focused on among other things a small speedy core, being ORM/JavaScript agnostic, and having a rigorous API for extensions. Since the split, both frameworks have expanded but converged on the same ideas and implementation, leading to unnecessary duplication. Today the Rails and Merb teams decided to merge the frameworks by bringing the best ideas from Merb into Rails 3."
Social Networks

+ - CardSpace Fail?->

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jadbox
jadbox writes "I remember once Microsoft CardSpace was announced and shown to a group of MSDN members that I was apart of here in Detroit. The idea seemed fantastic- finally a way to secure user's online identity and allow the user to relay the needed information to online applications without having to fill out forms anymore! CardSpace was an amazing concept, but it has failed to appeal to both the larger developer community and end users..."
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Java

+ - Putting Scala to work with servlets

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Scala is clearly an interesting language, well suited for showing off nifty new ideas in language theory and innovation. This article serve as a gentle introduction to the idea of using Scala for Web applications and demonstrate that Scala's features can be leveraged in some interesting ways to make programming for the JVM easier."
Programming

+ - Into the cloud->

Submitted by omar.sahal
omar.sahal (687649) writes "

If you asked ten random techies to define "cloud computing," you might get twelve or thirteen different answers, but if instead you asked those same ten folks to identify the most overused buzzword of the last year, they'd probably all agree that "cloud computing" was it. So imagine my surprise when, on attending a session at this past summer's AlwaysOn conference, I heard someone on the stage talk intelligently, coherently, and technically about a topic that I had written off as so much noise. That person was HP's Russ Daniels, CTO and VP of Cloud Services Strategy, I had to talk to him in more detail about cloud computing. This interview actually altered the way I thought about the cloud and about software delivery in a networked world.

After a lot of hype this sounds like a common sense approach to assesing cloud computing. This interview is covered on Ars technica."
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Comment: Side projects (Score 1) 328

by Hayzeus (#23046918) Attached to: Practical Experience As a Beginning Programmer?
I'm sure this has already mentioned here, but I go through a lot resumes for junior dev positions. What will ALWAYS stand out are the people who have their own projects outside of school or work.

That will IMMEDIATELY get my attention, as I'm basically looking for someone who loves -- or at least likes -- to code. It's worth mentioning that the majority of applicants I see do NOT have any side projects, and so basically fade into the background. I'll also usually ask for code samples as well.

Obviously, it would be great if any side projects were relevant to the job being applied for, but this does not have to be the case, particularly for less senior positions.

Hope that helps

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