For your holiday weekend reading pleasure, these are the five stories that got the most attention from Dice News users during the week.
- Is the Demise of COBOL Greatly Exaggerated? Some people say COBOL is kind of like a Wall Street bank: It’s too big to fail.
- Mobile Demand Drives Job Growth in Atlanta: Atlanta’s metro area saw a 66 percent surge in online job postings across all industries over a three-year period, reaching 410,571 in 2012. The biggest driver was in tech, specifically the mobile sector, where postings soared by 202 percent.
- H-1B Reform Might Bring Unintended Consequences: The immigration reform bill approved by the Senate would impose higher costs to obtain H-1B visas and raise the required wages of visa-holders – moves that could have an effect opposite of what the bill’s Gang of Eight authors intended. Employers and analysts say that rather than protect U.S. workers, the measure could lead to more work being sent offshore.
- 5 Things to Learn About Computer Science Degrees: Computer science degrees come with a common misconception that often discourages students from pursuing a degree: They’ll turn you into an isolated code cruncher. That’s not really the case.
- IT Employment Accelerates: IT employment jumped 5.43 percent year-over-year in May, nearly twice the rate seen in 2012, according to TechServe Alliance’s IT Employment Index. During the month, the number of technology jobs rose to 4.45 million, compared with 4.22 million in May 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, the index rose just 2.82 percent.