My students ask me: What programming language should I learn? What do I need to break into web development? Where’s the hot demand?
I usually ask them if they’ve already made a religious choice in terms of languages or platforms. If they haven’t yet, here’s what I suggest as a first-hand observer of the Albuquerque IT market:
Think more in terms of running like mad to keep up with what the market demands.
The hot areas are: heavy-duty web platforms like Joomla!, Plone and OpenWiki; much lighter-duty small-site platforms like ExpressionEngine and WordPress; and mobile device development.
Perhaps the more designer-oriented platforms are ExpressionEngine and WordPress. Both of them are easy, and you can get great functionality while devoting your energy to designing custom sites.These are a great place to start.
People who have been at the game a while tend to gravitate to one or another of the heavier-duty platforms. Check out my Content Management Systems Overview in my Courseware area for some details and comparisons. And of course CMSs aren’t the only game in town; custom coding in take-your-pick of programming languages remains in substantial demand.
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