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Which skills will be hot?

 
shay Aluko
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I am looking for some predictions as to which skills will be the most important in the next few years. I am predicting that the application server (BEA, Websphere etc) will replace the operating system as the most important software in the forseable future and i believe webserver administrators will be the most highly paid IT professionals. Does anyone have any counter-claims?
 
Mark Herschberg
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Map asked me something like this about 9 months ago and it became chapter 10 of my upcoming book. To answer your question I think the major skills to have:
1) Communication, presentation, and writing skills
2) Teamwork ability
3) Experience writing secure code (which basically requires good coding practices)
4) Familiarity with methodologies (e.g. RUP)
If the guy I hire can't learn to work an EJB server within a month, I shouldn't be hiring him.*

*The caveat is for some very subtle issues, yes, you do need 4-5 years experience with a specific brand of EJB server. But the need is 1 out of 40 Java developers or less.

--Mark
 
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