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Subject: Re: [xsl] Off Topic : XSLT Jobs in USA
From: Ben Stringer <ben.stringer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:43:24 +1100

On 25 October 2013 17:13, davep <davep@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 24/10/13 20:25, Mailing Lists Mail wrote:
>> Hi Wendell,
>> I have been in this list for a very very long time and had noticed a
>> lot of posters that come from USA. So this was something that got me
>> thinking that there probably are many programmers / jobs into XML/XSLT
>> in the USA, so thaz where the "huge presence" came from, also going by
>> the size of the country multiplied by the number of companies, it had
>> formed enough basis for my assumption... in UK/Aus, UK especially (
>> being a very small country) , I have seen a lot of people who ask for
>> Specialist XSLT/XML developers. Just when we think we have explored
>> "n" number of clients in the country, a totally "unheard of"  client
>> ends up calling for XSLT developers offering a very good rate.. This
>> keeps the contractors engaged and encouraged to be doing the XSLT
>> development..So that was what I was referring to when I said "enough
>> companies in USA " who are into the XSLT development.
>> USA as I hear is a "generalist" techy oriented place.. Where XSLT may
>> not be the core skill someone is looking for. Which makes me think
>> ,why and how some generalist will keep himself abreast of technologies
>> like XSLT3 etc, if all he wants is a job anyone can do, mainly Java
>> J2EE development with some XML skills.. I am sure there are specialist
>> companies in the USA like mulberrytech, marklogic, IBM etc, who
>> probably do XML day in and day out/..but for some reason I don't see
>> them asking for people.
> One slant on this, with  a UK bias.
> Given n aspects to a workflow involving XML, XSLT, it is often
> the XSLT skills that are hardest to find which may explain why
> it receives emphasis in the adverts. If, in reality it is a minor
> aspect,of the work, the interviewer is unlikely to know enough
> to judge the interviewees level of expertise.
> I wonder how many $employers still believe XSLT 1.0 is still
> current?

XSLT 1.0 is still actively used in IBM's DataPower appliances.

There is a steady (and perhaps growing) need for DataPower specialists
where I am working, in Australia. Whilst some roles may only be
related to the installation and administration of the appliances, most
require people with XSLT 1 skills.

Generally employers won't request XSLT 1 skills, rather they would
advertise for DataPower skills, so this need for XSLT-skilled people
may not be apparent when looking at job ads. Only the candidates for
these positions recognise the linkage.

Cheers, Ben

> regards
> --
> Dave Pawson
> http://www.dpawson.co.uk

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