How to hire top developer talent


Developers are some of the most in-demand employees in the enterprise, and these four hiring kits can help organizations land those critical workers.

Developers are consistently highly sought after job positions, and continue to pervade  job listings across online hiring boards. Most recently, Indeed cited a full stack developer job position as the second best job of 2020, across industries. 

Full stack developers have grown by nearly 162% since 2016, Indeed found, indicating just how popular these positions have become. Other in-demand developer positions include mobile application developers, .Net developers, and Python developers, a Burning Glass report found.

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As digital transformation projects continue to be a top priority, companies realize they need individuals with the talent necessary to bring those digital applications into fruition. 

Finding, attracting, and acquiring that talent is no small feat, but TechRepublic Premium’s hiring kits can help companies successfully accomplish the task. 

The following four TechRepublic Premium hiring kits equip recruiters and hiring teams with the tools necessary for gaining those professionals. Elements of the hiring kits include detailed job descriptions, salary ranges, thoughtful interview questions with ideal responses, and more.

Hiring Kit: Full Stack Developer

Full stack developers are critical for the execution of software solutions. This hiring kit helps organizations determine what specific type of full stack developer they need, and further helps organizations create a job description and list of responsibilities that adequately communicates those needs. The kit also features 10 example interview questions for the specific position, along with suggestions for what to look for in a response. 

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Hiring Kit: Mobile Application Developer

With smartphones embedded in people’s lives, designing and creating the latest apps is crucial  in a mobile world. The mobile application developer hiring kit can help companies garner the talent needed to produce apps. The kit includes an estimated salary range, an example job description, typical duties and responsibilities, desired competencies, and a model job posting to land an ideal mobile app developer.  

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Hiring Kit: .Net developer

A .Net developer has a very specific set of skills and close familiarity with the Microsoft .Net framework. This hiring kit ensures organizations find just the right person for this specialized job. The kit features key considerations for what to include in a job posting, an estimated salary, list of job responsibilities, and even example benefits. With nine suggested interview questions, the questions come with answers and are geared toward the mind of a high-level .Net developer candidate.

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Hiring kit: Python developer

Python is one of the most popular general purpose coding languages, which makes developers fluent in this language particularly important. However, this language can support multiple programming paradigms, which means companies need to determine the type of specific skills they want from a Python developer. 

This hiring kit makes that process easy, listing the possible specialties, and skills Python developers can have and providing example job listings, job descriptions, interview questions, and more. The sample interview questions even include a specific question that tests the candidate’s knowledge of a specific code input. 

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Dell’s top developer laptop now comes with Ubuntu 20.04 out of the box


Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop is the first system available on the market with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS pre-installed.

Dell and Canonical have announced that Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is now available as a pre-loaded option for the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop starting at US $1,099.99 (£887).

Dell’s popular developer laptop is the first system available on the market with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, which was released in April 2020 and brings several enhancements to user workflow and performance, in addition to new and updated applications including LibreOffice 6.4 and Thunderbird 68.7.0.

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The combination of Canonical’s most popular open-source desktop operating system and Dell’s flagship developer machine “is designed to offer developers their ideal laptop based on input received from the community,” according to Canonical.

“We’re delighted to see the first Dell systems ship with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS,” said Martin Wimpress, the software company’s director of desktop engineering.

“Enterprises are increasingly equipping their developers and engineers with the operating system of their choice ensuring high end-user productivity. Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on the latest Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition offers the performance developers demand with the assurance of security and long-term support that IT management needs.” 

Dell has faced increased competition in the OEM Linux space, with Lenovo announcing in early June that it would begin
certifying both Red Hat and Ubuntu

for select P Series workstations and laptops.

Rob Herman, general manager and executive director of the Workstation & Client AI Group,
told TechRepublic

that it was increasingly seeing its workstations used within data science and artificial intelligence workloads, where software required greater customization and flexibility – something Linux
is well-suited to provide.

Dell partnered with Canonical in 2012 as part of Project Sputnik, an initiative that set out to develop Ubuntu-based devices designed for developers and engineers, with a focus on usability, stability and performance. Borne out of this initiative was the developer edition of Dell’s XPS 13 laptop.

Barton George, founder of Project Sputnik and XPS Developer Edition, at Dell Technologies, said: “Ubuntu 20.04 LTS continues our long-standing partnership with the Linux developer community to provide Ubuntu-certified hardware that works out-of-the-box, enabling the highest levels of productivity.”

As with all LTS releases, Canonical will provide security updates for up to ten years and perform regression testing throughout the software’s lifecycle.

One of the most notable features of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is the inclusion of GNOME 3.36, which brings a number of cosmetic changes as well as under-the-hood tweaks to improve stability and performance.

This includes a handy ‘do not disturb’ toggle to help users minimize distractions as well as new login and lock screens, as well as easier app folder management and a “suspend” option, which puts the system into a lower power state.

Be sure to check out Jack Wallen’s
full take on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

and what it brings to the burgeoning Linux ecosystem.

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