Below is an extract of a report Distributed by Computer People. It’s a breakdown of all the Java Job Adverts for the last 6 months in the London Contract / Permanent Market. While it should be treated with caution as (a) it’s sales and marketing material and (b) the London / UK market will differ substiantially from Dublin. For example , I would not expect to see as many Sybase roles in Dublin as London, due to the use of Sybase in the London Financial markets.
Example from the figures: Of all java jobs advertised in the UK , 36,86% were also looking for J2EE (Enterprise Java) Skills.
- 22504 (36.86 %) J2EE
- 17476 (28.62 %) Oracle
- 16045 (26.28 %) UNIX
- 15510 (25.40 %) XML
- 15321 (25.10 %) SQL
- 15269 (25.01 %) C++
- 12815 (20.99 %) Finance
- 12370 (20.26 %) Banking
- 11152 (18.27 %) Graduate/Degree/BSc
- 10069 (16.49 %) OO
- 9465 (15.50 %) .NET
- 8413 (13.78 %) CSharp
- 8188 (13.41 %) JSP
- 7529 (12.33 %) Sybase
- 7340 (12.02 %) HTML
- 6940 (11.37 %) Investment Banking
- 6740 (11.04 %) UML
- 6606 (10.82 %) Front Office
- 6479 (10.61 %) Windows
- 6343 (10.39 %) SQL Server
- 5991 (9.81 %) Linux
- 5533 (9.06 %) Perl
- 5047 (8.27 %) WebLogic
- 4685 (7.67 %) Struts
- 4547 (7.45 %) EJB2
- 4456 (7.30 %) Servlets
- 4435 (7.26 %) Microsoft
- 4136 (6.77 %) VB
- 3892 (6.37 %) Fixed Income
And if you don’t know who Alan Cox is, check out the Wikipedia Entry on him.
Quote from the Wiki Pedia :
He (Alan)was once commonly regarded as being the “second in command” after Linus Torvalds himself.
More information is available on the ILUG site.
We’re giving a talk about ‘how to talk to your boss about agile‘ for the Irish .Net Developers Association next Tuesday in Buswells hotel Dublin.
More details (including the slides themselves, as a preview of what you are missing) are available here in powerpoint, openoffice, pdf and flash formats. The slides explain how 4 pictures of bridges can explain the difference between Ad-Hoc , Predictive, Agile and XP projects. No , really , you do want to check this out.
Links to a lot of the sites / articles / tools used in the presentation are here on Del.icio.us. More posts on this blog about using agile techniques on projects are here.
The Bridges are:
- Old Drogheda Bridge from the 1200’s – Quick and Dirty or Ad-Hoc project. Got the job done , and fast . Was patched a load of times, but eventually fell down under the weight of the traffic.
- New Drogheda Motorway Bridge – Predictive Projects. Very easy to specify what you want (I want a bridge going from A-B to carry a motorway) and very easy to know when you are finished.
- Drogheda Railway Brigde – Agile. Once the longest Iron Girder bridge in the world.Built in the 1850’s and the spec has kept on changing since. This included a complete rebuild in 1925 without losing a single days traffic. How’s that for unit testing?
- Bungee Jumping off bridge in Queenstown – Extreme Programming (XP). Great fun if you’re doing it (and can be pretty effective), but scary for anybody watching.
As a sample of some of the pictures (which include lego people showing everything that can go wrong on a team), check out the image below.