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.net programming too competitive

By sbshumate ·
Been programming for years and between jobs once again. All my experience is in microsoft, visual studio 6 and .net technologies. Interviews seem to be far inbetween and quite competitive.

What I am thinking about doing is starting learning a new language where I won't get 15 people per interview and only one job.

I was thinking about going Oracle, SAP, People Soft, and Oracle database.

Any suggestions on how getting started. Does this technology have anything like Microsoft Certification to prove to the employer a certain level of competance.

Any sugguestions of where getting started on how to cut the competition tree down.

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by n3bu1a In reply to .net programming too comp ...

Hey! If you're looking to get out of M$ related technologies, I would suggest looking at the creator's sites for certifications. I am fairly certain Oracle related technologies offer some form of certification. I found this just googling "Oracle Certification"
http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=39

As far as trimming away the competition, focus on your intangible skills, i.e. communication, project management and documentation. Like you said, it's a competitve world out there in the M$ field; the only way one can make it is if you show your (potential) employer what you have to offer in conjunction with your tech skills.

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Is .NET really that competitive?

by M_a_r_k In reply to .net programming too comp ...

So then what ARE the hot areas (or at least warm) for s/w developers? Are you in small town or near a big city? Seems like there is a lot of .NET development activity going on, and it seems like .NET is becoming more popular than Java. The only real choices for Windows are Java and .NET. Besides those two technologies, what else is there for desktop applications? Regular old C or C++ on Unix or Linux? Embedded apps, most of which use some amount of proprietary or niche tools?

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Narrowing competition or ???

by RRV In reply to Is .NET really that compe ...

That seems a good idea to narrow the competition...finding alternatives. I worked for more than 7 years in VB4,5,6 creating GUI applications for AS400. Indeed very narrow and hardly any competition. Company decided to move into Java platform 2 years back and i had no choice to quit. I thought i'm competitive enough in VB to get a new job. But no job i got. So that was too narrow to fetch me a job. So take a decision in a way you dont end up hatred to any single development platfrom as no single vendor is better than other. Time answers... Java had its life for almost 5 years now in Enterprise market etc. Now it is facing stringent competition in most part of the world. I hear many pro-java patriots claiming "Is .NET good enough to compete Java?" Hey its time guys. See your competitors in Enterprise market just around you...

If you are already in one platform "Master of one or Jockey of all?". If in .NET platform sepecialise yourself in a domain area like Security, Enterprise dev, Finance, Production, Automation, Machine control, Networking, Tools dev, etc. This strategy really works. This does not depend Java or .NET or ...
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Ya, I was thinkin' the same thing. So I went for Oracle

by Tom4IT In reply to .net programming too comp ...

Ya, I was thinkin' the same thing. So I went for Oracle. And, I focused on big government jobs, that envolve confidential or high security information so that they would be less likely to get outsourced. And, it's goin' great so far.

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define " went to Oracle"

by alfredyap In reply to Ya, I was thinkin' the sa ...

what do you meant 'so, I went for Oracle'. What tools do you go for ? Or which part of Oracle database programing.

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oracle

by pondt In reply to .net programming too comp ...

I have been working with oracle for more than 15 years and it is a good one to know. The problem is it takes years to learn. Since you have been doing programming, I would start with pl/sql development. It is probably the quickest language to learn and is used extensively in oracle development. Be prepared to work for a low ball rate for your first project. There are a myriad of books on the subject and you download an evaluation copy of oracle dbms for windows that can be used for practice.

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