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Reactive Programming Is Making Waves

Make no mistake about it, if you want a job, the hottest field to go into now is programming. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for programming work in America is going to grow by twenty two percent. The problem is there is not enough supply. The reason for the lack of supply comes from two sources. Number, there’s still a social stigma for people who like to program. Historically, these people are called nerds or geeks and they are otherwise looked upon as weird or abnormal. They are often stereotyped as socially inept and not very good with members of the opposite sex. You wouldn’t want to be associated with an industry and a skillset witch such heavy social baggage, right? This is especially true when it comes to women that is why if you thought that there is a shortage of male programmers, wait until you see the numbers of female programmers. It’s just abysmal.

The second reason why there is a shortage of programmers in the United States is the fact that schools haven’t really been pushing it. A lot of high schools don’t have credits for code work so for a variety of social and institutional reasons, programming is in short demand. Programming is blowing up right now and as a result of the need for easier programming and coding, a lot of people are flocking to reactive programming. Reactive programming can be best illustrated when you look at Microsoft Excel, the spreadsheet program. When you type in information in one cell and there’s a formula coded for that cell, it automatically changes the information on other cells and this is how reactive programming works.

Reactive programming is getting a lot of attention and a lot of people are excited about it because it provides many serious advantages. Number one, you get your product to market much faster because since you program in such a way where you make changes in one part of the code and it automatically changes related parts of the code, it’s much easier to roll out a finished product and get to the market faster. Why is this a big deal? Well, the faster you are to market the higher the chance that you will beat your competition. There is still such a thing as first mover advantage. First movers get more funding, more market attention and a stronger chance at succeeding.

Also, another key advantage is that reactive programming helps you keep up with technological changes. If you need to update your code and certain things need to be added, it’s much easier to do this and you don’t have to do sectional overhauls of your code. Another reason is that reactive programming allows the development side of an IT business to move in lock step with business development, sales and marketing as well as customer intelligence and big data. In other words, all these feedback from many different portions of the company can be blasted into the development process so you can then crank out more responsive software, better service offerings and ultimately, a better product proposition all around.