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where are all the programmers

[updated 2011.10.26] grammar and a few notes.

This is just a  short note:
It seems that the number of qualified Java programmers is starting to dwindle in South Florida. There was a time when Java was interesting and exciting. The promise of write-one run-anywhere has been delivered, however, in the meantime there are so many other languages that are more productive with few dependencies. Python and perl for example.

Now the question... if you are working in a small development department and you are having trouble staffing the team what do you do? I think it's a no brainer. Get some strong and qualified manager(s) and then hire as many freshman programmers as the budget will allow.  The cream will float to the top as you develop you project and the standards. The manager(s) will mentor the freshman programmers in the way of the journeyman programmer.

Additionally, you will need to implement some sort of programmer-bill-of-rights and company-bill-of-rights.  This looks a lot like the Agile Manifesto as it was originally written. Finally, stick to the sweet spot in the language you choose and keep the dependencies shallow and light. Lastly, when designing the overall system, make certain that it is possible to support more than one language in the framework. This way migration will be possible.

If you follow this strategy you're going to accomplish a number of goals. a) develop a team of programmers that is going to cohesive and cost effective. b) there will be a career path since they are mostly freshman. c) you will be able to backfill as you promote because there will be interest in the tools. d) you'll be able to scale the teams and the code as needed.

If you think this idea is interesting as a way to scale the team, the application, and the workload. Then you should call me and let's talk. I am currently in the market for a new long term client or project although I'd prefer an FTE position.

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