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Job Support for Linux Developers

Job Support for Linux Developers

Linux is becoming very popular and continues to stay competitive with Microsoft Windows (.NET is not a factor, yet). One of the trends our IT staffing firm, permIT, initially noticed in the Linux community was the loyalty that the users maintain.

Today, there are 10 million programmers worldwide, according to International Data Corp. The total number of programmers will grow to 12 million over the next few years as Web application development grows through 2016 and beyond.

  • 1,000,000 Delphi programmers
  • 2,000,000 Java programmers
  • 3,000,000 C/C++ programmers
  • 4,000,000 Visual Basic programmers
Some programmers have multiple skill sets and understand many languages.

I've recently seen a large, billion-dollar retailer convert its 3,000 Point-Of-Sale systems and 2,500 desktop OS from Windows to Linux because the CIO wanted to save money and not pay the costs of upgrading Windows every 24-36 months.

Kylix is the first RAD tool for Linux development. Kylix continues to win top awards at LinuxWorld every year. There are 1 million Delphi 5.0/6.0 programmers who understand this OO Web application development tool, and a small percentage of them are now switching from Windows to Linux because their employers are making a switch in OS for either security or cost issues. The large pool of Delphi programmers will have the ability to quickly learn Kylix since they are based on similar technologies. Java is an established language. There are plenty of resources to support it. C++ is the most widely recognized language worldwide. It is on more platforms than any other language. .NET has no track record, yet. It does not have the programming resources to support it. All of these modern-day, high-level programming languages compete in today's marketplace, especially here in the U.S. This is a great time for Red Hat to move forward and penetrate these markets.

What advantages does Personal Kylix Agents offer over other online resources? Personal service makes the difference, hence the name Personal Kylix AgentsTM. Another advantage is our database of 14,000 Object-Oriented Developers and IT professionals. As a job seeker, you can try to blast your resume around the world, post your resume to various jobs and forget what you did two weeks later, reply via email to an employers job directly, forward a job ad to your friend, research various Linux related sites and find old job postings and spend years searching for the right job. Basically, looking for a job can be a tedious effort.

The Department of Labor states that it takes the average job seeker from 6.5 weeks to 16 weeks (average) to find the right job. It also costs the employer $70,000 to replace or fill a current position.

Personal Kylix AgentsTM (PKA) listens to clients and programmers alike and helps them find the right match very quickly, sometimes within 48 hours. As a result, clients save money and programmers get the types of jobs that fit their application development and industry experience. Our mission is to support Kylix and Linux developers worldwide by providing Kylix and Linux Jobs, Staffing, Resume Building, Interviewing Tips, Training, Online Certifications, Free Components and more.

Today, Linux is the fastest growing operating system in the world with a firm base of at least 10 million users worldwide. It already hosts 34% of the Web. Microsoft has publicly identified Linux as its single biggest competitive threat. Not bad for a piece of free software. More and more developers and now software companies are focusing their efforts on creating Linux products. Linux continues to grow rapidly as programmers, enthusiasts, and end-users exchange thoughts, implement ideas, contribute code, and cooperate in the phenomenon known as open source to produce the operating system known as Linux.

Borland's award-winning Kylix 2TM introduces to the Linux operating system rapid e-business development tool with Web services, providing a complement of powerful standards-based tools to control and deliver business data.

Certifications are also very important to hold when searching for employment. Over 30% of all for-profit organizations in the US and 60% of the Fortune 100 use testing in their employment practices. There are four fundamental reasons why it is important to become certified (1) the certification is important because a growing number of our clients now require it, (2) each programmer is classified or rated by achieving a level of understanding about programming with Kylix or Linux which is needed to be a successful member of any development team, (3) allows a programmer to be identified by employers looking to hire the most qualified Linux resources, and (4) permIT continues to place more certified programmers than non-certified programmers at all levels throughout the United States.

Why did we create a new Kylix certification? To tech out our existing candidates and find out just how well they know Kylix and Linux technologies. Our goal was to create an online Kylix 2 and Kylix 3 certification. There is no other exam in the world quite like it. Our exam is a true "real world" test developed by Kylix and Linux developers for Linux developers around the world. Our exam questions cover about 40 different "Areas" of Kylix and Linux.

In August 2002, Personal Kylix Agents launched a new Web site and online Kylix 2 certification that tests the technical aptitude of programmers using front-end, backend and Web development programming skills. Some of our Kylix 2 Q&A authors include several Kylix Developer Guide authors and Kylix and Linux trainers including: Cary Jensen Ph.D., Eric Whipple, Jeff Bosworth, Glenn Stephens, Lino Tadros, Rick Ross, Senior Developers across the US and many others. Personal Kylix Agents now sells their unique online Kylix 2 certifications in over 20 different countries worldwide through International Test Distributors including Bob Swart (Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United Kingdom), Ian Marteens (Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Spain), Lino Tadros (West Coast-US, France, Greece, Middle East), and Michael Li (Brazil, Canada, China, India, Singapore). A credit to: Gregg Rodgers who developed our Web-based certification system and our award-winning Web Designer, John Hopefl of estudiotres.com.

In terms of creating satisfied customers, our goal is to represent the Kylix and Linux community with the best employment opportunities that have compensation packages including excellent base salaries, performance bonuses, matching 401(k) plans, relocation assistance and more. Then, for our clients, we locate, recruit and place the best possible matches for their particular Linux job requirements.

What kind of companies are hiring Linux programmers? All sizes within the following industries: Technology (any client that has a niche software product), Finance, Biotechnology, Insurance, Retail, Manufacturing and Government.

Most of our clients are not looking for just a GUI developer. First, employers are looking for a developer who is 60% flexible and 40% technical. Ego is the number-one factor that continues to prevent someone from getting a job. Clients are looking for a positive, enthusiastic, flexible attitude first. Second come your technical strengths. The ideal candidate we look for has the following: (1) Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent, (2) US Citizen or Green Card holder preferred, (3) meets the employers basic experience level, (4) meets the clients Database qualification, (3) meets additional Web skills and (5) holds certifications in primary and secondary skill area.

Some of the current skill sets required by our clients for OO programmers include: Strong knowledge of Delphi, Java, C++, OOA, OOD, OOP, Component design, MS-SQL Server 7.0/2000, Oracle 8i, Sybase 12.0, XML, ASP, COM, DCOM, and 2-tier/3-tier architecture.

Here are some of the hiring trends we have experienced over the past two years. Permanent placements are broken down into the following mix: 75% of our placements are Senior Developers with 3 to 7 years development experience, strong RDBMS experience and Web deployment skills, 10% are Intermediate Developers with 2 to 3 years of experience, 10% are Junior Developers with 1 to 2 years of programming experience, 5% are Team Leaders and Project Managers with 7 years of functional and technical experience.

One of the trends we have seen during the past 12 months is an increase in hiring Entry-level, Junior-level and Intermediate level developers. This is a good sign that folks graduating college and more new programmers are learning various OO skills and Operating Systems. I saw one resume recently of a graduate from California Polytechnic State University who had worked with Delphi, Java and C++, Windows and Linux while working on projects in school.

One of my predictions for the next 12 months, you will see an increase in the use Kylix 3 with a new C++ add-on, is scheduled for release by Borland by the end of 2002. IBM is promoting Linux on their e-Servers. This may be an opportunity to jump-start the Kylix market and continue growing the Linux market. Anything IBM promotes will sell.

To learn more about Kylix, visit www.personalkylixagents.com

More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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