Is 2011 the year of Scripting? 11 hot skills for 2011

February 2, 2011 at 10:23 am 5 comments

Interesting that prototyping and rapid development is predicted to make a comeback.  Maybe this is the year when scripting becomes more important than more traditional, compiled languages that have a main() in them?  Many of us already think scripting is pretty important, and much easier to learn.  Yet, C++ is still taught in an awful lot of CS1 classes.

About 47% of the survey respondents who said they plan to hire IT professionals in the next year will be looking for people with programming or application development skills. Moreover, reports that three quarters of 245 HR managers and recruiters it surveyed in May plan to hire IT staffers with applications expertise by the end of this year.

“Those skills are separate from enterprise business applications,” says David Foote, CEO and chief research officer at Foote Partners LLC in Vero Beach, Fla. In this volatile market, companies need to quickly reposition, as well as use IT to grow the business through new products and innovation. So “RAD, rapid programming and agile programming seem to be coming back. Companies are starting to increase some of their pay [in these areas], which means they’re looking for more capabilities in their companies,” he says.

via 11 hot skills for 2011 – Computerworld.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alan Kay  |  February 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

    The ironies abound here!

    And not the least is that much of the fundamental invention of personal computing software was done using a late bound efficient interpreted dynamic language (Smalltalk) which would have to be called a scripting language in today’s terms.

    The “new” developments could be good, or they could be another opportunity for more “reinventions of the flat tire”. For example, what “scripting languages” today could be used to do all of the programming for major problems and goals?





  • 2. Bonnie MacKellar  |  February 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I don’t see where scripting languages are mentioned in the Computerworld article. I see rapid application development, and agile, which can imply scripting languages, or not. Certainly I know many agile teams who are using Java or C#.

    • 3. Mark Guzdial  |  February 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      “Rapid application development” “Development in C# or Java” for most values of developer.

    • 4. Mark Miller  |  February 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      It’s easy to miss the 2nd page of these articles sometimes. Look at the section labeled “Web 2.0”. All of the scripting stuff it mentions is some variation of JavaScript, though: JavaScript, Adobe Flash (ActionScript), AJAX, and JSON (JavaScript Object Notation).

  • 5. Bonnie MacKellar  |  February 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I dunno, my experience is that developers in industry who claim they are doing RAD are usually just using a GUI builder of some kind. I agree with you that there are lots of interesting things happening with respect to languages in industry (I am seeing a lot of interest in Scala in the financial sector, for example), but I just don’t think that is what the Computerworld article is talking about.


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