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Subject: Re: [xsl] Off Topic : XSLT Jobs in USA
From: Alexander Johannesen <alexander.johannesen@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:58:53 +1100


Hmm, there's a host of enterprise systems that still use XSLT 1.0,
some with some extensions, but mostly simple stuff. A lot of CMS
systems still use it, but it's rare to find XSLT high on the list of
skills people want.

Quick search on seek.com.au right now yields 86 jobs Australia wide,
and a *lot* of them are integration systems / middleware systems. I
know the National Library uses some (because I injected it :) ), but
I've yet to find a job that really needs XSLT as a core skill, or even
important; most will say exposure to it, or some knowledge or
experience in it. Which makes it a bit hard for a pro to sell it.

Let me put it this way; XSLT is a nice to have rather than a must-have
on every single job I've ever had.


On Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 5:43 PM, Ben Stringer
<ben.stringer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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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