Jun 29th, 2018
It’s a Saturday morning inside software company CommerceHub during non-business hours. The cafeteria there is filled with software developers and designers, collegiate faculty and students, startup founders, recruiters and a few people who are new to the tech world.
This is the Google Developer Group of the Capital Region (GDGCR), co-founded by Jason Rotella, who is hosting the event. Formed in 2016, the GDGCR schedules regular meetups with a focus on web, mobile, cloud, IoT and machine learning/artificial intelligence computing best practices and hands-on hacking sessions.
GDGCR emphasizes networking and collaboration as evidenced by its partnerships with local and regional businesses in the tech community. “There is certainly a lot of opportunity for growth in skills and your professional network, locally to nationally and beyond,” says Rotella.
The theme of the meeting is Building a New Horizon – the speakers make presentations around how one person’s involvement in the tech industry can have an impact on the world. At the first lightning talk, Pamela Pavliscak, founder of Change Sciences, takes a deep dive into the ways humans interact with technology.
During the second lightning talk delivered by video call, Dr. Erin-Elizabeth Durham discusses how she tackled being a mother while pursuing her PhD and ultimately giving back to the community via a hackathon organization.
The group breaks for a mini-networking session and free lunch. A young man named Josh explains this is his first GDGCR meeting. He’s a software developer who builds custom dashboards for call centers and is looking to meet new people in the Capital Region software industry.
Just a few feet away from Josh is Shimantika Kumar, founder of the startup Qwigle. She’s demoing her networking app that uses QR codes, enabling users to quickly connect and exchange contact information. Mrs. Kumar is here to spread the word about Qwigle and let others know she’s looking for help.
After the networking session ends, Janet Carmosky, Co-founder of Albany Can Code, speaks to the group about the role her startup plays in matching technology talent with software employers. One way they achieve this is by teaching people how to code. “We want to have greater code literacy, which will help create a more diverse local workforce,” explains Carmosky.
Interestingly, about half of Albany Can Code's students have come from outside the tech industry. Of the different success stories Carmosky mentions, one that stands out is about a former forklift operator who now works as a web developer for an information management company in Troy.
When you attend these meetups, it’s readily apparent that the Capital Region is truly a hub of successful software technology companies with several ways for people to get involved.
Computer Science has been one of the most sought after majors in the most recent years and (other than the love of technology) students are driven to it by salary. With salaries of over $80,000, who wouldn’t want to be at a computer coding away. Now you not only get to stay on the computer for hours, you actually get paid for it!
Sep 30th, 2019 via https://www.codeplatoon.org/the-best-paying-and-most-in-demand-programming-languages-in-2019/
Tyler Technologies came to the Albany market in 2008 when it acquired Versatrans Solutions, which developed K-12 school bus routing software. Since then, its client base has more than doubled and revenues have tripled. Its Albany-area staff has grown from 60 employees to more than 130.
Sep 18th, 2019
Dive Brief: The demand for tech jobs in non-tech industries is rising, a report from Indeed found. Tech-focused companies are still hiring plenty of tech workers, the data showed, but an increasing share of jobs at high-tech companies are going to workers in marketing, sales and other areas. Indeed described tech occupations as jobs involving "development or direct application of software, computers, or other information technology tools." Non-tech industries like finance, retail and energy have seen rapid growth in these type of workers. Software developer, a combination of two sub-occupations, applications and systems software, is currently the top in-demand tech job. Software developers account for 27% of all tech jobs, followed by broad computer occupations (including web admin and software quality assurance engineer), computer support specialists, information systems managers, information research scientists and programmers.
Jul 30th, 2019 via https://5help.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/219544088-Creating-a-login-page-or-link
An analysis of available data sets by CompTIA found that the U.S. technology sector employment continues to increase. In the first six months of 2019, more than 56,000 jobs were created for technology professionals, with another 13,500 jobs created in the month of June alone. This information comes from an examination of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Employment Situation” report. Compared to last years’ report, so far this year an additional 6,700 jobs have been created as opposed to the first six months of 2018. “The mid-year tech employment report card shows many positives, reflecting the broad-based employer demand for tech talent,” says Tim Herbert, Executive Vice President for Research and Market Intelligence at CompTIA. “Businesses continue to make progress in adopting a range of emerging technologies, with hiring following suit.” Read More: https://mytechdecisions.com/compliance/data-says-demand-for-tech-talent-continues/
Jul 12th, 2019 via https://mytechdecisions.com/compliance/data-says-demand-for-tech-talent-continues/
After Strong Start to 2019, Hiring to Slow Amid Recruiting Challenges, According to Capital Region Employers Optimism remains high for future job growth, even as companies temper hiring expectations through the end of this year. Albany, NY – Hiring was robust in the first half of the year, and optimism over the long term remains high, but Capital Region employers are scaling back expectations for the second half of 2019 amid continued challenges in recruiting employees, according to the Spring 2019 Alaant Hiring Index released today. The index is compiled by Alaant Workforce Solutions, the Capital Region’s leading professional workforce services firm.
Jun 19th, 2019 via https://www.alaant.com/blog-news/press-release-alaant-hiring-index-spring-2019
As members of the software community, we spend a lot of time typing away on our computers and staring at a computer screen. Over-time this can lead to some pretty nasty pains throughout the body. Below are three quick things to keep in mind when sitting at your desk for a long time.
Oct 14th, 2019
Indents, tabs, newlines, brackets... One of the main reasons for clean and easy to read code is to make collaboration and maintenance seamless. A clean set of code is easy to traverse and makes collaboration seamless. The following are just four tips to keep your code understandable and sensible.
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SaaS vs. SaaP What are they? So first let's break down the acronym. Software as a Product (SaaP). Software as a Service (SaaS).
Sep 23rd, 2019
“It now costs $350,000 a year to live a middle-class lifestyle in a big city -- here’s a sad breakdown of why”. This recent post from CNBC breaks down the truth behind those large salaries that attract so many people to these large cities. Although “less than 5% of households earn $350,000 or more a year” that amount of money will go quickly when you’re living in an expensive city like NYC for example.
Sep 16th, 2019
The Capital Region Google Developer Group DevFest conference is back is back for its fourth year! This conference targets serving the local and regional software engineer, developer, architect, product manager, and student community. Topics include: mobile, web apps, AR/VR, IoT, machine learning and cloud computing.
Sep 9th, 2019