Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The top 10 dead (or dying) computer skills

Top ten dead, or dying, IT skills

Based on several industry stalwarts, a list of skills and technologies has been compiled that, while not dead, can perhaps be said to be in the process of dying. Or as Stewart Padveen, Internet entrepreneur and currently founder of AdPickles Inc., says, "Obsolescence is a relative -- not absolute -- term in the world of technology."

1. Cobol
Y2k was like a second gold rush for Cobol programmers, but six-and-a-half years later, there’s no savior in sight for this fading language.

2. Nonrelational DBMS
In the 1980s, there were two major database management systems approaches: hierarchical systems (such as IBM's IMS and SAS Institute Inc.'s System 2000) and network DBMS (such as CA's IDMS and Oracle Corp.'s DBMS, formerly the VAX DBMS). Today, however, both have been replaced by the relational DBMS approach, embodied by SQL databases such as DB2, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server,

3. Non-IP networks
TCP/IP has largely taken over the networking world, and as a result, there’s less demand than ever for IBM Systems Network Architecture (SNA) skills, said David Foote, president of Foote Partners LLC in New Canaan, Conn.

4. cc:Mail
This store-and-forward LAN-based e-mail system from the 1980s was once used by about 20 million people. However, as e-mail was integrated into more-complex systems such as Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange, its popularity waned, and in 2000, it was withdrawn from the market.

5. ColdFusion
This has since been superseded by other development platforms, including Microsoft Corp.’s Active Server Pages and .Net, as well as Java, Ruby on Rails, Python, PHP and other open source languages.

6. C programming
As the Web takes over, C languages are also becoming less relevant, according to Padveen. "C++ and C Sharp are still alive and kicking, but try to find a basic C-only programmer today, and you'll likely find a guy that's unemployed and/or training for a new skill," he says.

7. PowerBuilder
This client/server development tool in 1994 was bought by Sybase Inc., which was once a strong Oracle competitor. Today, PowerBuilder developers are at the very bottom of the list of in-demand application development and platform skills.

8. Certified NetWare Engineers
n the early 1990s, it was all the rage to become a Certified NetWare Engineer, especially with Novell Inc. enjoying 90% market share for PC-based servers. Today, however, you don't have to look far to find CNEs retraining themselves with other skills to stay marketable.

9. PC network administrators
With the accelerating move to consolidate Windows servers, some see substantially less demand for PC network administrators.

10. OS/2
Initially created by Microsoft and IBM and released with great fanfare in 1987, the collaboration soon unraveled, and after repeated rumors of its demise, IBM finally discontinued sales in 2005.

Full article: The top 10 dead (or dying) computer skills

I have 2 of the 10 dying skills... 20%!!
I know C programming language... even though I haven't used it for many years....
I also know OS/2.... I used it when I was working in IBM...
I guess I can't put those 2 skills in my resume any more....

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