Web developers doing well despite slow economy

According to a story on developer.com, web developers are still in high demand these days with many commanding top pay and benefits from employers. According to James Somers’ article in Aeon magazine, he had quit his developer job to become a freelance writer. However, the career change did not last long as he soon received a lucrative new programmer job offer. The position included a $10,000 signup bonus on top of a $120,000 annual salary and stock options. Despite the tepid overall economy and the fears over the budget sequester in Washington, web developers appear to be doing well...

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Microsoft offers Windows Azure loud platform

Microsoft is luring developers with its new cloud services that offer a unique range of features. The Windows Azure cloud platform includes some significant improvements ranging from Dev/Test in the Cloud to SSL support. One of the more interesting new features is per-minute billing that will really set the bar on paying for just the resources that you use. The billing scheme does not require a 10-minute minimum like Google Compute Engine. Before the new changes, Windows Azure charged customers by the hour even if you only used a fraction of that hour. With the new setup, you can use the...

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O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference looks to speed up web

The Velocity conference in Santa Clara will concentrate on ways to build a speedier and more efficient web. Set for June 18-20 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, the event will bring together many industry leaders to work out solutions for the Internet of the future. Developers will find a cornucopia of workshops on topics ranging from mobile applications to website optimization. The sessions will include hands-on tutorials and a number of high profile keynote speakers will be on tap. One session, for example, will include a hands-on demonstration focused on web optimization that will...

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Companies increasingly using private clouds

Developers must pay attention to the growing use of cloud computing by potential customers. In particular, developers who target larger clients may note the escalating use of private clouds by corporations and other large organizations. The cloud provides a means of avoiding the creation of expensive in-house data operations. However, in order to use private clouds, companies must have applications that can provide flexibility, scalability and security. Private clouds can rest on the organization’s own hardware or a third party can host the system. In comparison to the traditional data...

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Developers must focus on mobile market

With the growing importance of mobile device use, developers must learn how to create applications for smartphones, tablets and similar small-screen devices. A new study from Strategy Analytics indicates that there are now more than a billion people worldwide using smartphones. With the expansion of mobile Internet 3G and 4G mobile Internet networks, people are accessing the net at increasing rates from nearly any location. In urban areas, Wi-Fi hotspots are almost universally available. People now surf the web while they are commuting on trains or waiting for their flight at the airport....

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Google will penalize mobile-unfriendly sites

Web search giant Google announced that it is no longer willing to tolerate websites unless they are mobile-friendly. Those sites that fail to comply, may see their pages dropping in search result placement. The new policy reflects the growing use of mobile devices by web surfers. With the increasing availability of 4G mobile networks and Wi-Fi hotspots, people are accessing the web like never before from their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices. Some of the issues that Google will look for include: • Video that does not resize for mobile playback. Since Adobe Flash...

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