The mindset of software developers is changing, and employers need to take note


Princeton Professor Ed Felten believes software developers today are looking to make a positive change in the world, and employers need to understand their needs.

The mindset of software developers is changing, and employers need to take note
Princeton Professor Ed Felten believes software developers today are looking to make a positive change in the world, and employers need to understand their needs.
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TechRepublic’s Karen Roby spoke with Princeton computer science professor and Offchain Labs chief scientist Ed Felten about the most in-demand programming languages, the job market for developers, and more. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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Ed Felten: People are doing more things than ever using computers on the internet, and everything that happens there was built by software developers. As long as that’s the case, as long as we have the pace of change and innovation in the field that we have, software developers are going to be needed to make it go. And there’s really no end in sight to that need, as far as I can see.

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Karen Roby: Which industries are needing developers the most right now?

Ed Felten: Software developers are needed a lot in the software industry. But really, almost every company these days is in some kind of software business. If you make anything, if you’re providing a service to consumers really at all, you are involved in technology. So we’re seeing software development become an integral part of a lot more companies and a lot more sectors. The answer really is almost anywhere where there’s a company that’s doing more than just one simple thing, there’s a need for software developers.

Karen Roby: What is the most in-demand language right now?

Ed Felten: I think the…



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