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Why Do We Still Need More Software?

We need more software. Logically then, we need more software developers. Gartner predictions as noted on TechRepublic back in 2017 estimated a US shortage of up to 1 million software developers by 2020… and the Covid-19 pandemic won’t have done anything to help that shortfall. Even if that figure is off by half, that’s just the US – the rest of the world needs more software in equal proportion.

But this is not an analysis concerning software skills, recruitment or Human Capital Management (HCM), this is a question that attempts to understand the situation one step further back i.e. why do we need more software anyway?

Don’t we have enough apps by now? 

Taking a glance at the software industry fervor that typically exists in any one year

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TypeScript creator: How the programming language beat Microsoft’s open-source fears

Microsoft’s open-source programming language TypeScript – the alter ego of JavaScript but with a type system – turns 10 years old this December. 

It’s grown to become a go-to language for building apps that run in the browser but back in 2010 it had to pick its way through a Microsoft company culture that was still fearful of open source. 

TypeScript co-creator Anders Hejlsberg, a Danish software engineer and technical fellow at Microsoft, describes to ZDNet the moment in 2010 when, under the then Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer, his team decided that an open-source strategy was the only way to win over JavaScript developers. 

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Ballmer in 2001 called Linux a “cancer” that threatened all Microsoft’s intellectual property, and in 2010 open source at Microsoft was still a prickly issue for top management. 

“Linux was [seen as] a threat to Windows, and it turns

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Why Computer Literacy Matters During The Covid-19 Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the nation, more and more school districts are continuing remote learning into the fall. Even those that are reopening are also planning for the need to close again if an outbreak occurs. As a result, districts are racing to

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