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It is the Best of Times and it is the Worst of Times for Programmers

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Across the past six years, the US economy was mired in a recession. Yet throughout it all, there was one bright spot: the IT and programming job market. It seemed as if no matter how bad things got in the economy as a whole, there was always demand for IT skills due to a lack of supply.

And while the IT job market remains strong, it continually puts workers in a good news/bad news situation. The good news, of course, is that there are plentiful jobs, especially when compared to other segments of the economy. The bad news is that the competition is so fierce, the path of change so great, that workers can’t be complacent.

If their skills decay or if they remain idle for even six months, there will inevitably be other programmers – both in the US and abroad – who’d be happy to fill the void. The bottom line? Don’t be complacent. Continue to grow and learn. Expand your skills by taking a Java tutorial video, MVC tutorial, or a jQuery tutorial!

Thousands of developers worldwide use LearnNowOnline to gain the technical skills they need to succeed on the job and advance their career.

Job Seekers Should Take Note: Microsoft to Phase Out Expression

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In most industries, the job market generally responds to consumer demand. To use a very simple analogy, think of the auto industry. Let’s say GM rolls out a brand new car and customers respond enthusiastically. As a result, GM will likely direct more resources towards building more of that type of car. And more resources mean more jobs.

The same can’t necessarily be said for the IT industry, and that’s because oftentimes a programming language is so far removed from the end-user customer. After all, consumers don’t wait in line to buy Java code. They wait in line to buy iPods, laptops, and PCs.

So when a major player like Microsoft announces news to consolidate languages and platforms, IT job seekers should pay attention.

Case in point: Microsoft announced it would end its support for some of its Expression design tools in a larger effort to consolidate elements of Expression with Visual Studio. In other words, Microsoft is placing their money on Visual Studio, and job seekers should take note. A good first step would be to check out our Visual Studio 2010 tutorial video.

With these new developments, Microsoft is essentially dictating demand, and in turn, the quantity and quality of jobs associated with this demand.

 


 

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We’re Excited to Bring You: LearnNowPlus!

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It’s an exciting time at LearnNowOnline – for us and for you!

We’re making a few changes “on the outside,” but rest assured that we’re still the same company on the inside, continuing to bring you practical technical learning and reference material for the latest technologies. So what’s new?

More Options for You!

LearnNowOnline has joined forces with AppDev to bring you more learning options, including new enterprise features to help you manage learning and measure results.

Now you can choose from two learning solutions:

1. LearnNowExpress

Encompasses our popular learning library subscriptions: LearnDevNow, LearnMobileNow, LearnJavaNow, LearnCloudNow, LearnUXNow and LearnCertNow. As always, these subscriptions continue to include our basic features: professional video tutorials, online support, and optional online courseware, hands-on labs and sample code.

If you are a current LearnNowOnline customer, nothing changes — you will continue to enjoy the same award-winning content, same nationally recognized instructors and same cutting-edge content. We’ve simply added the LearnNowExpress name to present these basic learning libraries together.

2. NEW! LearnNowPlus (presented by AppDev)

If you want a full-featured learning solution complete with enterprise options to manage learning and measure results, LearnNowPlus is for you! Subscriptions include our basic features PLUS courseware you can download and print, pre/post assessments, administrative tools, reporting, SCORM compliance and premium support.

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Interested? It’s easy to upgrade to our full-featured solution – contact the LearnNowPlus sales team to learn more: 800-578-2062 or plussales@learnnowonline.com

If you have questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, happy learning!

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Craig Jensen

President & CEO

Don’t Waste your Time on Training

How many times have you heard people say, “I am definitely not going to waste my time going to that instructor led class” or “that self study training is a waste of time, not for me”? People learn in different ways and therefore there is never only one way to learn.

Since I am in the IT learning business and have been for a long time, I have heard many companies talk about how they are the best, their video training is the best, they come out with cutting edge content the quickest, they have the best experts, yata, yata , yata.

Make sure you assess what you need before buying developer training, or it may be a complete waste of your time.

There are many questions you need to answer, and the best way to address them is to prioritize them and then select based upon that. In the end, I suggest you select training material that covers most, if not all, of your needs. At LearnNowOnline we address all of the learning styles with our video tutorials for developers, sample code, complete and thorough books and hands-on labs. No matter what your budget, you will find our material is an unbelievable value. If you are interested in certification, you can check out our certification library.

You will learn technologies such as Visual Studio, Sharepoint, SQL Server, Java, and Mobile development with our video tutorials . . . Guaranteed.

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