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Adrian (66)

Adrian
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The hats I wear at work include: accessibility consultant; information architect; software developer (of the agile/XP/TDD breed - mostly in Perl); usability consultant; web site designer. I'm very dull:-) . [technorati.com]

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Sunday August 28, 2005
07:23 AM

Can't find developers?

[ #26484 ]

If your organisation can't find decent developers in the current job market it will almost certainly be due to one or more of the following:

  • You are not paying enough
  • You are doing boring work

Pay more. Be less boring. Profit.

(the blunt version of a conversation I had yesterday :-)

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  • I'm not looking for work, but I always keep my eye on the market. If things change, I like to know what I'm facing. So far, the vast majority of Perl jobs are very, very boring. There's little challenge. You have data. Read it. Validate it. Serve it. Rinse. Repeat. Forever.

    Admittedly, virtually all programming boils down to that, but some bubbles more colorfully than others. I'm fortunate that what I am doing now is some of the most interesting work I've ever done. Even for a considerably larg

    • I'm not looking for work, but I always keep my eye on the market. If things change, I like to know what I'm facing. So far, the vast majority of Perl jobs are very, very boring. There's little challenge. You have data. Read it. Validate it. Serve it. Rinse. Repeat. Forever.

      Even worse you can hardly ever tell from the job adverts which ones are boring and which ones are interesting. The number of times I've had conversations with agents that go along the lines of "You'll have to tell me what they actuall

      • I think London is where you and I part company. I definitely enjoy large cities and I loved London for the brief time I was there. Of course, I also have family and friends there, so that probably changes things a bit.

        • I think London is where you and I part company. I definitely enjoy large cities and I loved London for the brief time I was there. Of course, I also have family and friends there, so that probably changes things a bit.

          Oh I like London just fine. Indeed, I'm interviewing for a job on Wednesday that'll mean moving there:-)

          There's just a tendency with certain Londoners to think it's the centre of the universe and no culture exists outside of its environs. It was the rather unsubtle "Yes - the pay's not v