OK, my company is starting to hire people. What is one of the first things
the boss says? "It's so hard to find J2EE people." And then we talk a bit.
Sure enough, the job advertisement is rife full of toolkits. You've seen
them, these job announcements that look like a book an
O'Reilly book catalog listing? Does anyone think that sounds like a
fun company to work for?
I want to see portfolios. If programmers put together highlights of their
work, displaying what they are most proud of in technical detail, I'd
probably hire them in a second. Especially if they could write well.
Now the interesting question becomes, what is a programmer's portfolio?
A beautiful leather-bound article on your favorite API. A website displaying
your interface development work. Articles on decisions you've made.
Something tells me the creation of a portfolio would be a better learning
experience in and of itself.