The Care and Feeding of a Rockstar Developer

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Developers rule in the current tech landscape and have their choice of prime positions at any number of major companies. They appear to be on a promised path, with companies fighting for their services. The world is their oyster, so it seems.

Not so fast -- coders may be in high demand, but hiring companies and educators hold some of the keys as well. For example, before they can land an interview, aspiring programmers must get the proper training first, with code academies going up against prestigious universities. Once they land a job interview and perhaps even an offer, a programmer has to consider the trade-offs of working for a sprawling tech giant or a smaller, more intimate firm. That easy path has suddenly sprouted detours.

In this special report from Silicon Valley, InfoWorld traces the road and its various off-shoots for developers in today's job market:

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