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CSS is cool. When I find a way to do something in CSS that's elegant, I feel like I used to when I first started getting involved in web work. Back then it was cool and neat. Then it got to be that I didn't do anything cool or neat. Now, learning how to do stuff with CSS, it's starting to feel cool again.

For those of you who wonder what specifically prompted this, we found a page that explains how to create a vertical menu that uses flyouts with no Javascript required to make it work in IE! If you're not a web developer, then you probably don't know what a big deal this is. But when you're a web developer who has to work on government sites that aren't allowed to use any Javascript that breaks the functionality of the site if someone doesn't have Javascript turned on in their browser, it's a god-send.

http://www.cssplay.co.uk/menus/flyoutt.html
laurierobey: (knock off all that evil)
eWeek magazine just posted a story of the top 10 languages you should learn right now.

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2016415,00.asp?kc=EWWKNEMNL091506EOAD

As a summary:

1. PHP
Job availabilities: 1,152

2. C#
Job availabilities: 5,111

3. AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML)
Job availabilities : 1,106

4. JavaScript
Job availabilities: 4,406

5. Perl
Job availabilities: 4,810

6. C
Job availabilities: 6,164, including all derivatives

7. Ruby and Ruby on Rails
Job availabilities : 210 and 54, respectively

8. Java
Job availabilities: 14,408

9. Python
Job availabilities: 811

10. VB.Net (Visual Basic .Net)
Job availabilities: 2,090

I find a few things about this list interesting. One is that I'm actually working on learning two of the languages on the list and have considered a couple of others as well. Another thing I find interesting is that ColdFusion is nowhere to be seen. The third thing I find interesting is that they list Ruby on Rails and Python, but if you look at the number of jobs available on Dice.com natitonwide, they're miniscule. So were they just scraping trying to get the list up to 10, or is it just because Ruby on Rails and Python are getting hyped right now in Web development?

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