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Here’s a couple of skills developers will need in the years ahead


Syndicated from ebizQ

I saw this list of 10 skills developers will need in the next five years – developers not programmers you notice – and I was struck by several things.

First and foremost it still assumed that application developers would be programming – not assembling applications from components, not specifying the behavior of a system in a declarative way but programming. This seems like a major no-no to me. Surely in the next five years application developers will finally realize that declarative and model-driven approaches should replace hard-coding in a procedural language? Using a BPMS to specify workflow and process, a BRMS to specify business logic and a BI tool to specify reports all seem like no-brainers. Why would you code this kind of thing? If you do you are just creating a new generation of legacy applications. Application Development 2.0 is surely called for and a key element in Application Development 2.0 is a focus on declarative.

I was also struck by the absence of analytics from this list. With so much data already in organizations and the volumes/timeliness of this data only increasing, surely developers need to understand the power of analytics to improve systems and decision-making.

I did like the articles focus on soft skills – always key and easy for those of us focused on technology to forget.

In case you missed them, here are three posts addressing the core issue of declarative logic definition:


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  • Joe "the cowardly programmer" April 17, 2009, 9:07 pm

    I think you regurgitate a lot of information from press releases. Too bad because if you actually built real systems with the tools you mention, you would realize that the press releases have a lot of hype and not a lot of substance.  You do realize that all the systems you’ve mentioned are built from the languages/platforms you shun and intended to complement and not replace them, right? You tout the ability to manage rules in a BRMS, but have you ever tried searching for rules in products like Blaze Advisor? Ha ha…I’d take procedural code and grep any day of the week (not to mention that SRL is procedural anway).