Application 'War' Means More Jobs for Developers

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At the Web 2.0 Summit on Tuesday, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen talked about a brewing "war" between device and software manufacturers that want to bring new applications to consumer devices, according to GigaOM. It quotes Narayen saying:

There's a war happening for developers; there's a war to try to get the best applications for a particular platform and to keep that lead.

That's good news for developers' job prospects. Indeed my colleague Ann All has written just that, based on job postings at and other IT sites.


Narayen also characterized Adobe's fundamental difference with Apple as open and inclusive systems versus closed and proprietary. Ann also wrote about Steve Jobs' views on that matter.


But back to the jobs front, our Carl Weinschenk also reported that in the "war" for the hearts and minds of developers, Android-which Jobs describes as "fragmented"-appears to be leading. In a survey of 2,363 developers by Appcelerator and IDC, 58.6 percent saw Android's projects as better in the long term, compared to 34.9 percent who considered Apple's iOS to be the better long-term bet.


So as contributor Don Tennant has written, it's a good time to specialize in mobile-especially contractors. He quotes Dice Senior Vice President Tom Silver, saying:

I think we're going to play a little bit of catch-up in terms of the use of mobile applications. It's happened in other parts of the world, and the U.S. is catching up now. I think contractors will get to that area quickly.

As companies try to figure out how they're going to integrate mobile into their overall technology strategy, that's when they'll probably evolve the skills internally. But if I was a contractor now, I would be all over mobile applications ...

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