The software world is constantly changing with rapid demand for the latest coding techniques, but with all the demand for emerging technologies, the old systems still demand excellence, and now there is a growing demand for excellent Linux skills.
What is Linux?
Linux is an open source code that was created by Linus Torvalds and first released on September 17, 1991. The original language was based on Intel x86 architecture, but during the last 27 years has spread to many operating systems and platforms, and this is mainly due to the dominance of the Linux kernel-based Android OS on smartphones.
Linux is the most popular open-source language used globally and is considered to be a base language for anyone that wants to start a career in the open source code. This popularity is fueled by cloud and container technologies, as well as DevOps practices.
According to Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation Executive Director “Open source technology talent is in high demand, as Linux and other open source software dominate software development. I am encouraged that companies are recognizing more and more each day that open source technology is the way to advance their businesses.
According to various reports that concentrate on the statistics and demographics of Linux employment., there is a definite increase in demand, and around 55% of the market is willing to provide additional training and certification opportunities for employees just to fill in any skills gaps.
It seems that 87% of HR companies find it difficult to fill open source skilled talent. Around 48% of the companies that employ software coders told surveys that they are now headhunting proficient software coders from other companies.
Art Zeile, CEO of DHI Group, stated to the media that “Hiring skilled technology professionals remains a real pain point for employers, and our report shows newer skills like containers are growing in popularity, putting more pressure on organizations to find good talent to carry out necessary projects,”
Open source Linux talent recruitment grew to 83% for HR executives which is a 7% growth from 2017.
An Internal Change in Direction
One interesting feature that has changed in the landscape of hiring is that many HR executives now consider training and offering continuous in-house education to improve employee’s talents in the missing Linux area.
The future of the Internet
The demand for Linux programmers has grown since this is a core language that sits at the base of most cloud and blockchain programs. Which is interesting, since they are both opposing forces. Where blockchain is a platform that is coming to compete with cloud services, although not quite there yet. There is a scramble for blockchain developers, and this is leading to market growth in Linux capable coders.
Cloud-based platforms are also Linux intensive, and the open source (GitHub) and other such platforms are attracting millions of users.
According to Brajesh Goyal, vice president of engineering at Cavirin, the current model for developing new products is by using the DevOps model. The need for rapid system development and the turnaround has pushed many companies to bypass the supply chain and go for cloud services. The cloud-based services have transformed the face of the software landscape, with companies such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter, all providing cloud and AI-based platforms that are now open source. As such, there is no need to buy apps, all you need to do is develop an app using Linux.
The Success of Open Source
Howard Green, vice president of marketing at Azul Systems claims that open source “Is the way most new software is being built, particularly infrastructure software that is broadly applicable across many industries and use cases.”
Stefano Maffulli, director of community for Scality explains that open source is the main software platform “Software drives innovation, and the productivity of whole nations depends on it. According to a Black Duck report, 57 percent of proprietary codebase includes open source code, up from 36 percent last year. I expect that percentage to keep on rising.”
A lesson in Time
Just to remind you that open source started as a direct action of coders against the closed systems of Microsoft and IBM. As such, in a decision to create free and easy to adapt programs, an open source came into being. Since then it has grown and overtook all. The Giants realize that the only way they can create an advantage for their products is to make it open to additional apps using the open source platforms.
Cryptocurrency is an extension of this, and the blockchain is a 100% open source platform that enables the creation of dApps.
Future Staffing Trends
Green states that “Companies can take advantage of this trend by being clear that they support open source technologies [and] use them. Most newer open source technologies are not available via traditional certification means. The easiest way to get into the open source field is to get a virtual instance in one of the many public cloud companies that are out there; it isn’t just about the hyper scalers. There are excellent documentation and videos readily available for beginners. Most open source software has toasters available that are step-by-step guides on how to configure, install and test.”
Green went on to explain “Finding a small project to apply the knowledge gained is also critical. The ‘just do it’ mentality married with a small project will give someone the necessary foundation to open up a new career field in their daily operations, and value people who also work on their own projects and/or contribute to larger-scale projects.”
Basically what Green is claiming is that companies seek those bright individuals that create their own apps, even as aside line. Their understanding of open source and their gung-ho nature is what every software company wants to instill in their workforce.
Green continues to explain, in regard to how large companies, as well as early-stage ventures, seek out talent. One great way of finding talent is to buy watches which apps are being created and by whom, and then approaching the developer with an attractive contract.
Green went on to state that “In the case of applications ranging from databases to development tools to messaging stacks, understand the tradeoffs between specific open source offerings and their closed-source analogs. The great thing about open source is that quality of the design and the code is visible. It is a living CV. Open source contributions and developers are by their nature visible, verifiable and stand on their own.”
So the bottom line is creative, push out some Apps and dApps, get recognized for successful code, and you might find yourself being targeted for a top role and one in which you can even train others to become as skillful.
Closed Room Schooling is Dead
The old serotype of the programmer sitting over a console alone in a dark basement is all gone. The world is so full of open source, open spaces, and readily accessible tablets, mobile devices, laptops, PC’s that everyone and anyone can be an open source programmer, and is usually in interaction with others.
The ability to present an App, to even upload it to Google Store, requires some serious networking skills, not to mention PR work. As such, the successful developer of today is more likely to be a happy social person with a lot of interaction and is well connected to what is going on around.
The ability to present code is as important as the ability to churn it out, in fact, with so many experienced and competing Linux specialists pushing out exceptional apps and scripts, the ones that get noticed are the ones that are PR and Marketing minded with highly optimized referral and social networking skills.
Learn, Upgrade and Continue to Improve
Successful coding is about being constantly updated around you. What new ideas have emerged, what new concepts and algorithms are being introduced into the marketplace? Where can you add? or improve a script online? What will get you noticed, and what will make you rich. These are the dreams of the modern Linux developer.
Companies are more than willing to pay top dollar for originality and intelligent coding, in fact, many a millionaire has started out as a simple software designer that was snapped up by a larger company, and while learning, developing and continuing to improve, created their own “world” identity and cashed in on the process. Either they ended up growing up the chain of command, earning beyond six-figure salaries, or they have apps online that pump money, whatever the source of their income. It is always based on the success of the code and how far it reached.
Just remember the following steps, and you will succeed in the open source coding world:
- Write contributions to existing open source software
- Document your contributions
- Get certified as much as possible
- Create apps for other platforms
If you follow these four steps and network with other developers, solve issues, and create novel scripts, you will become a known entity and will be headhunted for sure.