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An annual survey was just done by a developer-focused website that offered up a variety of insights to me, but one in particular caught my eye and showed there may be a distinctive gap at times between what programmers like to learn and use what they should want to use.

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In many cases, the vast majority of our clients considering a software developer for hire these days may ask that developer to do a project as a test. During one of those situations recently, a client remarked about a solution that our candidate came up with involving some very modern code. Frankly, that's not something you hear every day.

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One of our recruiters was recently talking to a candidate who used to live in Chicago and now lives in San Francisco working for one of the top five eCommerce Internet companies in the country. During their conversation, a question came up for the candidate: "I'm curious – if you don't mind me asking, what are the living conditions there in San Francisco for your wife and two kids compared to where you used to be?" His answer: "We live in one bedroom – and we're paying $3,000 a month in rent."

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