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Picking a Good Open Source Project -- What Tech Areas Will Be Hot?

 
Andromeda
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Picking a Good Open Source Project -- What Tech Areas Will Be Hot?
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I've decided to get involved in an open-source programming project to do something professionally useful, but I'm deciding what kind of open-source project to get into! I don't want to spend a lot of time working on a desktop stock-trading and market tracking program, if there won't be any real use for that on my resume.

I'm thinking the following tech areas would be good to get familiar with via participating in an open-source project:

-- Medical systems, including sensors and imaging
-- Computer mobility technologies -- mobile computing platforms
-- Databases, databases, databases
-- Computer network security/hacking
-- Modeling and simulation of energy systems
-- Low-bandwith networked gaming


What Tech jobs do you think will be hot in the coming decade?

Does anyone have suggestions for a good open-source project?

Last Edited by Andromeda on 06/24/2009 02:14 PM
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Re: Picking a Good Open Source Project -- What Tech Areas Will Be Hot?
Still looking... here's a link to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics "Tomorrow's Jobs" page.

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition
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Education and Health look to top the charts.

Here's another one... actually a subset of a larger article

Future Job Trends
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Last Edited by Andromeda on 06/24/2009 12:20 PM
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Re: Picking a Good Open Source Project -- What Tech Areas Will Be Hot?
Here's another approach, pick an open-source project that has the technologies that are forward-looking.

There are a lot of C++ and Java technologies to keep up with.

Top Five Java Technologies to Learn in 2008
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