Thursday, August 5, 2010

differentiation in a commodity skill market

Problem: java used in finance is becoming a commodity skill. In fact, any software skill tends to spread very quickly (esp. to the very young developers). What are the exceptions and what are the differentiations we can build up, differentiations that are recognizable by hiring managers?

Differentiation: c++, c#, python, perl
Differentiation: DB tuning. Most developers don't face this challenge.
Differentiation: jvm tuning including GC
Differentiation: practical java performance problem-solving. Compare -- I had the opportunity to deal with large DB.
differentiation: low latency
Differentiation: swing - has unique paradigm and  challenges liks EDT, models, layout ... that the regular java developer won't face

Exception: googlers and facebook developers are probably used to deal with large volume and higher performance. Outside developers face no such challenge.

Exception: Oracle employees probably know their own db much better so few developers can match their skill.

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