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InformationWeek's Most Important Cover Stories

We're giving up our paper magazine to go all-digital. Here's a look back at some of our best magazine work over 28 terrifically turbulent years.
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The Programmer's Future

2003 was a year of soul-searching for IT pros. The tech bust had slashed the number of IT jobs from 2000's peak. Offshore outsourcing shot to prominence, and companies were ditching custom coding for off-the-shelf software. Just 18% of IT pros considered the career as promising as it had been five years before. Our Nov. 17 cover story on "The Future Of The American Programmer" encapsulated the angst through the lens of the profession most at risk. "The lower echelons of skill levels are going to be washed away," warned Archipelago CTO Steve Rubinow (later NYSE Euronext's CIO). Since then, the U.S. IT profession has survived outsourcing, and another recession, and is among the healthiest job segments. But Rubinow's prediction came true. About 432,000 people are now employed as programmers in the U.S., down from 700,000 in 2000. The dip's partly due to changing Labor Department definitions, but much of it is from a changing workplace that forced people to reinvent themselves or leave the profession.

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Cara Latham
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6/24/2013 | 1:22:56 PM
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So many years of excellent coverage. Here's to continued great coverage in the digital realm!
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NJ Mike,
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6/24/2013 | 2:13:50 PM
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What? No coverage of Kim Kardashian's baby?
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6/24/2013 | 3:13:16 PM
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Slideshow coming soon. :-)
Paul Travis
InformationWeek.com
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6/26/2013 | 2:42:50 PM
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After my 18 years here, this feels HUGE.

Jim Donahue
Managing Editor, InformationWeek
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6/26/2013 | 11:29:51 PM
re: InformationWeek's Most Important Cover Stories
The print article dropped the last two words of the 7/9/2012 GM cover description. Another reason print is dieing. Not that the typos aren't worse, but you can't fix'm after they print'm
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ChrisMurphy,
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6/27/2013 | 9:15:09 PM
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Ouch -- I hadn't seen that, and you're right about the finality of sending something to the printer. But trust me, an error in digital hurts, too.
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