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8 Hot Software Skills To Keep Your Career On Track

Looking for work in tech right now? Looking for ways to expand your role at your current job? I've put on my prognosticator's cap for a look at which software is worth your time. You'll find content management systems, 3D modeling, and programming frameworks in the mix. If you're a hiring manager, it's worth a look to see which software is being used, and where.
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We know that there are relatively few "bad" technology skills out there, but there are some skills that might be more useful than others in today's job market. In particular, there is of-the-moment software that happens to be in favor among enterprises these days, and beefing up your knowledge of these could behoove you if you're looking to make a career move. If you're a hiring manager, it's worth a look to see what software is being used, and where.

I've put on my prognosticator's cap for a look at which software is worth your time. You'll find content management systems, 3D modeling, and programming frameworks in the mix.

Before we dive into the list, though, let's set some expectations. Some of the software examples you'll find here are frameworks, some are applications, and straddle the line that separates the categories.

Here's another thing: How to determine if something qualifies as a software, rather than a programming language? Here's how I drew the line: If something is used in support of a programming language, is an application, or is a utility, then it's a software rather than a language. I know that there are products that dance along the dividing line, but since I put the list together, I got to make the decision.

If you disagree with the choices, I look forward to our conversation in the comments section below.

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To support my decisions about which software to include in this list, I interviewed Alvaro Oliveira, VP of talent operations Toptal. Toptal is an online talent marketplace that connects freelance designers and developers who it has screened for experience and competence with companies looking for talent.

Oliveira said companies have many reasons for seeking those with talent in the software we've chosen here. These can include speeding up the development of enterprise applications, or a desire to add features to mobile apps. If there is any common theme among the technologies chosen for this list, it is the relationship many of them have to Javascript.

Asked about that, Alvaro said, "It's insanely popular, and I only see it getting bigger."

Let's get started. Once you've reviewed the software we're highlighting here, I'd love to know what you think of the list. Are you using any of these technologies? Are there others you expected to be on the list, but aren't? Tell me all about it in the comments section below.

Curtis Franklin Jr. is executive editor for technical content at InformationWeek. In this role he oversees product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he acts as executive producer for InformationWeek Radio and Interop Radio where he works with ... View Full Bio

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schwartzathon
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schwartzathon,
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3/30/2016 | 8:40:37 AM
No back-end?
Good list, though I find it to be 'front-end heavy.' With the plethora of NoSQL back-ends (in particular, the MEAN stack would have rounded out the Angular & Node picks) and cloud platforms available and in use, their absence is surprising considering the demand for them. 
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TerryB,
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3/29/2016 | 1:32:09 PM
Pick your Horse
This article is great example of the complicated landscape a developer today must deal with. I researched both node.js and ember.js just now, being a current user of Sencha Extjs.

Very little difference at the front end, AJAX calls with callback so they are asynchronous. What's different is they target backend of servers which have no integrated web serving. and to a smaller degree, no integrated database and server side languages.

With the current focus on doing things on the cheap and, many times, facing comsumers on web, businesses are using open source servers, cheap hardware and open source databases and licenses. Those environments have no way to natively develop anything. So yeah, this is good stuff if you think that's where your job will be. But those environments also have a ton of other frameworks and languages targeting them. If you can pick the winners and losers from that mess, take your talents to Vegas and forget software as a career.

I still have to believe if you know something like Sencha Extjs, translating that to node.js or ember.js would not be very difficult. And vice versa. Definitely agree with Curtis that javascript is a huge part of web programming, I just see that more on client side. Just because node and ember can operate server side, that doesn't mean it's the best way to do it. But certainly the cheapest.
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