Friday, July 20, 2012

NextGen hosts the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday, July 19th, 2012, NextGen hosted the St. Louis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at our downtown St. Louis headquarters for Business After Hours.

The St. Louis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce works to provide growth opportunities to its member companies, to promote regional economic progress, and to connect St. Louis area businesses with the Hispanic market. They also promote a viable workforce through job fairs and their job board website.

NextGen's founder, Carmen Jacob, is a member of the the St. Louis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a long-time advocate of minority-owned businesses.

Pictured, left to right: Co-owner of Garcia Properties Berto Garcia, HCCSTL Executive Director Karlos Ramirez, 
and NextGen founder and CEO Carmen Jacob.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

NextGen Rebranding Contest

We are giving away Cardinals tickets! Come over to NextGen's LinkedIn company profile and "follow" us there for a chance to win tickets to an upcoming St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball game.*

Why give away amazing tickets like this? We want you to see our rebranding as it unfolds. NextGen is undergoing a complete rebrand from identifying the corporate values all the way up to a new logo and website. As it rolls out, we'd love your feedback! Follow us on LinkedIn to see our updates as part of your LinkedIn news feed and get in on the action with your comments.

*The seats are really good and we can work with you on the date of the game depending on your availability. If you don't live in the St. Louis metro area, you will be responsible for making your way to the city for the game.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Programming Languages Popularity Report

Visual Basic .Net leapt up ten places from a year ago in the programming languages popularity index, but most surprising is that Objective-C surpassed C++ in popularity this month. Objective-C has seen a resurgence recently because it is used in mobile app development for iPhones and iPads.

The TIOBE Programming Community index is an indicator of the popularity of programming languages. The index is updated once a month. The ratings are based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third party vendors. The popular search engines Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu are used to calculate the ratings. The index can be used to check whether your programming skills are still up to date or to make a strategic decision about what programming language should be adopted when starting to build a new software system.

If you had to guess, what would you predict the TIOBE index to be for July, 2013? If someone wanted to strengthen their programming for future career growth, what should s/he focus on?