Slightly Wordy Wednesday

No photos today.  Rather, advice.

There are a lot of young people in college looking to earn degrees in Computer related disciplines.  They see computers as an enduring workplace, it's something they enjoy, and the money should be good.

What they don't see, probably, is that shift that is slowly gaining inertia within the industry.  That's why I'm speaking to this, now.

There is a lot of conversation going on about "Big Data".  And it's within the structure of Big Data that future employment and future big money is going to be found.

For example:  Medical offices all over the country are now processing medical records online.  In "the cloud".  Researchers, going forward, as they look to comb through anonymized medical data, are going to need the ability to look through hundreds of terabytes, petabytes even, of data to glean the statistical information they'll be looking for.  That's beyond most databases, today.  It's going to take new paradigms in data processing, new capabilities in hardware, and new, robust operating system environments.

And that's just one element of the Big Data future.

My advice?  Learn Hadoop.  Cassandra.  Java.  Python.  Mumps.  If you don't know what those things are, get out your Google and start searching.  Learn Linux.  OSS (Open Source Software) is where all that Big Data is going to live.  All the tools to learn the stuff you need to know is freely available online.  Jump in and go to it.  Learn it.  Love it.  Be happy.