Jan 28th, 2019
In this case, the user groups of The New York Tech Loop are located throughout the region (Troy, Albany, Saratoga Springs, and Schenectady). Our user groups span multiple technologies from the Kubernetes platform to the SQL Server User Group. Many of these meetups can be found at: https://nytechloop.org/events
As a developer, it is crucial to stay up to date on the latest technology while taking part in the social, in-person conversations going on around the technology you're working with. As we at the NYTL work to bring the software community together, we've come across multiple local user groups that can benefit you as a developer and have highlighted two groups to give you an idea of what they have to offer.
Let's start with the most recent, Capital Region Kubernetes User Group. We recently spoke with founder Mark Abrams who for almost 20 years, has worked with tech startups in all capacities. His mission is to evangelize open software and is now leading the push to bring together the Kubernetes users in the region.
The Capital Region Kubernetes User Group was founded in November 2018 with the goal of discovering, combining, and expanding, the open source community within the region. Sponsored by Rancher Labs, the group has grown quickly on Meetup with over 85 members to date. The meetups are about understanding the Kubernetes platform, help people with their pitches for events like KuberCon, and inspiring others to share what they are learning. Mark states that "no one is a master of the Kubernetes platform yet since is just a few years old and there's still much to learn and discover". His short term goal is to bring together the Kubernetes community in the region and then focus on drawing in some "experts" to speak, share and teach what they've learned.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have the Capital-Saratoga Region AWS User Group which has been around for about two years and has brought together 284 members. Founder Scott Stewart has done a great job of bringing together developers, engineers, and technology professionals who are all interested in Amazon Web Services. AWS "has been cushing it over the past few years...around everything from machine learning, serverless computing, iOT, and data storage scalability."
To give you an idea of the amount of growth and interest in AWS in the region, the first AWS User Group meetup was in February 2017 with 11 engaged people in attendance. Now, the meetups have continued to vary from general roundtable discussions to presentations to very general things like "how to make Websites run faster using AWS Web Services offerings." Now, Scott is looking for the 284 AWS User Group members to double this year (NYTL will be there to help)! This meetup might seem large and intimidating but Scott and all the other members make it clear that all levels of technical knowledge are welcomed, from beginner to expert.
Some of the user groups are focused on a particular technology or application but are all very welcoming to newcomers. Mark (Founder of the Kubernetes User Group) said it best; "It might be scary for newcomers to get involved because they might see it as a group of experts but we want this to be welcoming to all because we are all here to learn and grow." The benefit to these in-person groups is that you get to meet, learn from, and teach people who are interested in technology that you are also. You get to chat with people in person and don't have to wait for a response to a thread in order to get answers.
"A lot of time its hard to even know what you should be looking for in order to learn something online. In other words, often to learn something online, you need to know what it is you are trying to learn." - Scott Stewart
If you're interested in joining a user group or are always looking for more information on local software related events, follow us on social media and we'll keep you informed.
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.
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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.
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