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Do GIS Professionals Need a Developer Toolkit?

Updated February, 2014.

These days, “Is there an app for that?” is not just part of the general vernacular, the question has become almost rhetorical. With few exceptions, the answer is expected to be yes. Surprise (annoyance even) is a common reaction if it turns out there is no app for a particular need. With Google, Facebook, Android, and Apple regularly dominating media headlines, developers own the “sexy job du jour” title.

So it’s no surprise there’s been lots of conversation about whether GIS professionals—analysts, specialists, technicians, and others—should add programming to their list of must-have skills. And how much weight are organizations giving to programming expertise when evaluating GIS job candidates? Continue reading

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