Well, it happened again, someone went and published a list of the top 10 dying IT skills (http://www.globalknowledge.com/training/generic.asp?pageid=2347&country=United+States. I bet you can't guess what was on the list. Yep, you guessed it, NetWare. However, to be fair, NetWare has been on every dying list for years. Beyond NetWare, the other item to make the list was our beloved ColdFusion. However, this does not surprise me. ColdFusion gets added to every dying list for the past few years. However, it is still going strong and getting stronger.

Now, this list got me to thinking. Who generated this list and what qualified them to make it. Also, what qualifications did they use to generate the list. Based on the article, the writer apparently used a job search count from a site I had never heard of (Indeed.com).

Ok, so this seems like a lame reason to say it is dying. Based on the article alone, I don't think the writer did very much research.

Then the list went on to name HTML as dying skill. Apparently the writer did not know that HTML is the language that browsers use to render a web site. Granted, with today's editors it is easier to write but it is still the corner stone of web browsing.

Let's take a second to look at the qualifications of the author of the article, Linda Leung. A quick search on Google comes up with what I am guessing is her LinkedIn page. This shows her current job as "Senior Lecturer at University of Technology Sydney and Online Media Consultant ". So, at least she is technical or has some technical knowledge. I then did more searching, I came across a list of articles written by her. The most recent I found was in January. The site (computerworld.com) listed 11 recent articles. Of the 11 articles, 9 are about Cisco.

I don't really see anything there that qualifies this person to write such an article. The skill set of the writer does not seem to match the article content. It would be like me writing an article on the top 10 dying fashion trends. Hey, I wear clothes so I could do it.

So, all in all, my impression is that this list is nothing but crap. The author does not seem to have the qualifications nor the research to generate the list. The list seems more like marketing hype. The site that published it (Global Knowledge) sells IT training. The article even says "If any of these skills are your main expertise, perhaps it's time to retrain."

Till next time...

--Dave