Friday, May 03, 2013

Is ".NET" a scalding hot skill in the IT market (like it was ten years ago)?


I don’t know how I get e-mails for jobs so far from my past expertise just based on one keyword on my old resume.  This time, the “hot skill” is “.NET”  (Microsoft's Visual Studio).  

That was as “hot skill” around 2002 or so, in the post-9/11 recession.  It was also post Y2K, and mainframe hadn’t quite found its tracking yet, outside the familiar world of state MMIS and other welfare services contracts.  (Those are coming right back because of Obamacare requirements for 2014.)  At the time, there were magazine articles saying :”what’s hot” and “what’s not”.

“.NET” is a development platform on Windows products, and it has been common since Windows XP (where it took about 9 CD's to load from in 2002).  All Vista and Windows 7 (and I presume Windows 8) machines get regular automatic security updates for the environment, which tend to take longer to install than other updates.  It goes along with Visual Basic, C#, C++, or Microsoft’s clone of java.  Early in the last decade, it was extremely popular in retail companies (like Best Buy, near Minneapolis). 
It seems to be a prerequisite on your machine for Expression Web, which replaces the abandoned Front Page.

This particular contract is for “22nd Century Technologies” serving the Naval Postgraduate School Defense Language Institute near San Francisco.  In my novel manuscript, “Angel’s Brother”, one of the characters (a gay ROTC student about the time of the repeal of DADT) actually teaches a class at the Monterey  language institute in an early chapter. 

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