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The local newspaper had an artilce in the Sunday's paper concerning the shortage for programmers in our area. Any one need a job?
-- Linda A. (email@example.com), January 17, 1999
Where? Does local paper have classifieds on-line? What's URL?
If it's another big metro area like I'm already in (Los Angeles), fugeddaboudit. But in say Arizona or New Mexico near Yourdon or InfoMagic, I could move.
Seriously, anyone wanting a job, all they have to do is to get on www.dice.com or similar. Problem is, for all the talk for years about "telecommuting", companies (pointy haired bosses) want to see your ass in one of their chairs.
-- huh (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 18, 1999.
What happened in Des Moines was that the businesses were constantly crying that there was a programmer shortage, but when you got to the root of it, there was a shortage of COBOL/mainframe programmers willing to work for peanuts.
-- Just Me (email@example.com), January 18, 1999.
This was not in the classifieds but a full page article in the Owneboro, Ky paper. Owensboro has a population of about 45,000. The article said that the city was having a hard time finding programmers, the college was unable to KEEP teachers because industry was luring them away, and businesses were bringing in programmers which again were lured away from by other businesses. They did mention the need for COBAL programmers. The article can be found at the above URL.
-- Linda A. (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 18, 1999.
Just like "just me" said -- there's only a shortage of programmers working for peanuts.
Also, on my web site, under my real name, I asked the question about a year ago, (paraphrased) "How about these companies and bureaus that are so concerned (?) actually PAYING programmers to learn while they earn -- COBOL etc. The newbies could handle 80% of the remediation and the old pros the 20% tricky stuff."
Do we see any indication of that? (Answer: No)
Screw 'em all. I just hope I can cut myself out of the stampeding herd before it goes over the cliff. If so I will be ROTFLMAO.
-- huh (email@example.com), January 18, 1999.