brushing up on some skills

While browsing the classifieds, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve got to refresh the skill set a little and brush up on some things I haven’t dealt with in a long time.

I’m primarily a Java and PHP developer, and 7 solid years of commercial & enterprise development experience is enough to get my foot in a lot of doors.  While my particular expertise is in fair demand, there are a few other areas that seem to be a bit more sought after right now:

.NET Framework

You cannot throw a rock at job listings without hitting an ad for a C# developer.  I’ve done a bit of .NET development in the past, but it’s been a few years; there are also some areas of the .NET framework that I’ve never played with.  The Kinect SDK is also looking pretty tempting on a lot of fronts.  So, I guess I’m going to spending some time in Visual Studio in the near future.


Really good C programmers are getting harder and harder to find, but the demand isn’t going away.  I wish I could say that I’m one of the really good ones, but unfortunately I’m not there (yet).  My first meaningful attempts at software development were all C and C++, but I haven’t been tasked with it too much on a professional level.  However, I’ve recently been diving back into some crypto stuff I did for OS X a little while ago in C++.  So maybe I can get back into the swing of things a bit more.

Mobile Development (Java/Android and Objective-C/iOS)

There’s not as big of a demand for mobile developers as you’d guess, but theres still a good number of opportunities out there.  I’ve spent a lot of time in Blackberry simulators/debuggers, but that experience has proved to be almost useless.  I’ve got several personal projects going right now for android; hopefully I’ll be hitting the market with some encryption stuff in the coming months.  I’m technically and officially a registered iOS developer, but I don’t own an iOS device … guess I’d better get one at some point (the simulator is getting old).

Advanced SQL

There are TONS of database opportunities out there, and I work with databases A LOT.  In the last year, there’s not a major RDBMS package out there that I haven’t worked on in some way or another.  I’d say I’m reasonably proficient, but because I have to deal with a lot of different databases, my experience is a bit more generic than I’d like.  In particular, I need to brush up on some specific Oracle and MS SQL topics.

I really do enjoy learning new things (and re-learning old things), so I think I’ve got an interesting few months ahead of me…

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