ANALYSIS: Key considerations on computer programming and innovation

Table 1: Popular and in demand programming languages as at March 2013 (Source: Tiobe & Jobs Tractor)

It is being widely reported in industry-related publications that there is increasing demand for computer programming skills, and in the next few years demand will outstrip supply. In the Caribbean, many of our programming graduates have been unable to find employment using those skills. Hence they tend to work professionally in a related field, and code privately. Nevertheless, recognizing the opportunities that current computing devices now afford persons to understand the technology, or to develop software applications, we briefly discuss a few of the underpinnings of computer programming that could have an impact in the longer term. More