Local Roundup: Humboldt State offensive lineman Alex Cappa named to AP Little All-America team

first_imgArcata >> For the second straight season Humboldt State football has a representative on the Associated Press Little All-America Team. Offensive lineman Alex Cappa was announced as a member of the Second Team Friday.The junior was tabbed an American Football Coaches All-America First Team pick almost two weeks ago and has received numerous postseason honors. Cappa is a three-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and three-time unanimous All-GNAC First Team …last_img read more

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15 Programming Skills Most Coveted By Employers

first_imgTags:#html#Java#JavaScript#Jobs#PHP#programming language#sql#tech skills#xml john paul titlow More than ever, companies need coders. And while tech firms do the bulk of the hiring, the demand for programmers spans industries and only seems to be growing.  From writing basic HTML to building complex logic into mobile applications, the ability to smartly craft lines of code continues to be one of the most in-demand — and often, well-paying — skill sets one can have. (See also: Why This Guy Quit His Sports-Radio Dream Job… To Write Software)So what skills are the most sought after? That’s an ever-fluctuating, somewhat difficult thing to track. Normally, we’d avoid turning to a single source for such data, but its very nature makes Indeed.com an ideal place to look. The job search site aggregates more than 16 million listings from a wide range of sources, so it’s fairly comprehensive. 15. Ruby It may be almost 20 years old, but the object-oriented scripting language is still going strong. After existing for years as a general purpose programming language, Ruby got a huge bump from the advent of Ruby on Rails, the hyper-popular Web development framework. Since the rise of Rails, the two have practically become synonymous, but Ruby has plenty of applications as a general scripting language. 14. ASP.NETMicrosoft’s server-side Web development framework is more controversial than many of its peers, in part because it’s a Microsoft product. Still, its ability to build dynamic sites and Web applications is favored by many programmers and, more importantly, the organizations who hire them. 13. AJAXAJAX is actually multiple technologies bundled into one. Asyncronous JavaScript and XML was first popularized by Web applications like Google Maps and Gmail. The ability of websites to retrieve data in the background without reloading the page is something we now take for granted, but it was groundbreaking stuff a decade ago. Today, using a conglomeration of HTML, CSS, JavaScript (or JSON) and XML to build asynchronous Web apps is still popular, and the job listings prove it. 12. Objective-CFor a 30-year-old programming language, Objective C is looking pretty good. It’s the core of development for both of Apple’s operating systems. Its roots in Mac OS X go back to Steve Jobs’ days at NeXT and it’s at the heart of iOS. Considering the  the platform’s enormous popularity, it’s no wonder that Objective-C is coveted by employers across industries. 11. PHPPHP is huge. The open source, server-side scripting language runs on more than 20 million websites and powers high-profile sites we deal with every day, including Facebook and Wikipedia. Any blog, news site or other website built using WordPress or Drupal is making use of PHP as well. It’s all over the Web, even if you can’t see it by clicking “view source.” 10. PythonPython is a general purpose programming language that can be used in a variety of ways. Known for its clean and efficient code, Python is used by players as notable as Google and NASA. It’s also what Dropbox is written in. In fact, the technology is so important to Dropbox that the company hired Python author Guido van Rossum away from Google late last year.  Dropbox isn’t the only one hiring Python talent. There are currently 19,455 Python job listings on Indeed.com. 9. Perl Perl was very popular in the 90s for its ability to create CGI scripts that beefed up the functionality of early Web pages. But the dynamic programming language — sometimes called the “Swiss Army chainsaw” of languages — is capable of a wide range of feats. In addition to Web development, it’s used for things like system administration, building desktop apps, game development and even bioinformatics. 8. CC has been around since the early 1970s and remains one of the most widely-used programming languages. It may lack the sexiness of the latest Web development frameworks, but C is what lots of operating systems, kernel level software and hardware drivers are made of.  7. C#Not to be confused with C or C++, C# is an object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft in 2000 to compete with Java. Programmers will debate the merits of one language versus the other until the end of time, but tyhe fact remains that employers are hiring C# programmers like crazy.6. XMLXML is everywhere. The markup language is used to define structured information in a wide variety of contexts. On the Web, it forms the basis of RSS and XHTML, it talks to databases and is paired with JavaScript for AJAX interactivity, among much else. It’s even extended beyond the Web and has found its way into the heart of desktop applications like Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign. The list goes on and on. And so do the job listings. 5. C++Like its predecessor C, C++ is used widely in operating systems,  desktop apps, developing games, hardware drivers and much else. C++ has a reputation for being more complex and inefficient than some of the alternatives , but it is nonetheless an incredibly widely used and important programming language. 4. JavaScript On the Web, JavaScript is what makes things interactive. This is especially true now that the rise of tablets and smartphones has bumped Flash from its once-prominent perch. Whether it’s trendy frameworks like jQuery or the JSON data interchange standard, companies need JavaScript-focused talent like never before. 3. HTMLIt’s only natural that the language at the heart every Web page would be in high demand, even as native mobile app development and back-end cloud technologies command bigger ad bigger chunks of IT budgets. In fact, as tablets, smartphones and cloud-hosted services proliferate, the importance of the Web grows along with it. The conglomeration of Web technologies known as HTML5 is all the rage at the moment, but hypertext markup is more than a fad. It is, and will remain, the skeleton of the Web for the foreseeable future. 2. JavaJava certainly has its critics, not to mention some well-publicized security issues.  But the object-oriented language remains in heavy demand and used for a wide range of purposes. It can’t possibly hurt that Google uses Java as the basis for Android application development, a sector that isn’t likely to slowdown anytime soon. 1. SQL NoSQL databases might be getting all the attention as of lately, but more traditional, structured databases are still going strong. Thus, SQL, the programming language for querying, manipulating and managing relational databases is in high demand. Considering the sheer volume of data being generated everyday, it’s no shock that having the ability to help manage it is such a marketable skill. There are currently more than 98,000 SQL jobs indexed by Indeed.com.  Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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New Directorate at Hanscom AFB Underscores Regions Technological Edge Officials Say

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., will become the home of a new directorate that allows senior military leaders to communicate with the nation’s nuclear forces, adding more than 40 positions at the Boston-area installation and 40 more with local contractors.The Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) Integration Directorate and Program Executive Officer also brings a third high-ranking program executive officer to Hanscom. The move reflects “the importance of the base’s steadily growing mission and validates the unmatched technological expertise at Hanscom and throughout the surrounding region,” according to an announcement from the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force and the state’s congressional delegation.The directorate will not house actual weapons.Gov. Charlie Baker (R), the congressional delegation and members of the Task Force urged Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to consider Hanscom as the location for the new directorate when she visited the base last year.“This decision demonstrates the commonwealth’s many strengths and in coordination with our federal delegation, the overwhelming support and recognition for the role our military facilities, service members and their families play in Massachusetts,” Baker said.The importance of the region’s highly educated workforce was further reinforced last month when DOD announced it would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade MIT’s Lincoln Labs at Hanscom, said Rep. Niki Tsongas (D).“Now, the establishment of the NC3 Directorate at Hanscom is even further evidence that the military, at its top levels, recognizes and appreciates what Hanscom and the commonwealth have to offer: unmatched capabilities and benefits for our men and women in uniform that keep our military on the cutting edge of technical innovation,” Tsongas said.“By choosing Hanscom for this highly technical directorate, the DOD is solidifying its commitment to seeing Hanscom’s mission continue to grow, and ensuring that this base will continue to be an economic driver and job creator for years to come,” she stated.last_img read more

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