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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

Journal of Ovid (2709)

Thursday May 29, 2008
09:25 AM

First Programming Job?

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Back in the 1990s, during the dot-com boom, I knew people who got their first IT jobs merely knowing HTML. It was such a new technology that knowing it was enough to get your foot in the door. That won't work today, but I think that just demonstrating basic knowledge of HTML and SQL along with a moderate amount of Perl or Java knowledge could potentially get one an entry-level IT job. (I don't list source control because I'm rarely asked about this in interviews, but then, my interviews may not be typical)

What would most people consider to be the "minimum set of knowledge" today? My list is obviously Web-centric, but that's what I know best at this point.

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  • I'm afraid IT is far too broad a discipline these days to make a blanket statement about what skills are needed to break in.

    That said, a quick search on any job board indicates, "if you know Java, you're golden."

    • Fair point. So I could narrow the question down to "what's the minimum skills you need to get an entry-level programming position?"

      As for Java, I suspect you're right, but while I know the language (somewhat), I don't know the market other than to say "huge".

    • Pretty much all the Java jobs I see require knowledge of particular Java libraries, not just of the language.