Hiring developers is going to be your next big problem

2021 is shaping up to be a great year for developers, but not so much for companies hiring them, with 61% of HR professionals believing this will be their biggest challenge in the year ahead.

Recruiters expect a shortage of qualified programmers in 2021.

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Hiring managers worry that they’ll struggle to recruit programmers in 2021 as companies double-down on their efforts to boost tech talent.

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That’s according to CodinGame’s latest developer survey, in which 61% of HR professionals reported than finding qualified developers would present their biggest recruitment challenge of 2021.

SEE: 10 ways to prevent developer burnout (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

The survey, based on the responses of 15,000 developers and HR managers, found that businesses will feel the squeeze of a more competitive tech talent market this year as more companies scramble to fill new tech roles.

This has been largely driven by

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What the complex math of fire modeling tells us about the future of California’s forests

Pioneering scientists like Rothermel dealt with this intractable problem by ignoring it. Instead, they searched for factors, such as wind speed and slope, that could help them predict a fire’s next move in real time.

Looking back, Finney says, it’s a miracle that Rothermel’s equations work for wildfires at all. There’s the sheer difference in scale—Rothermel derived his equations from tiny, controlled fires set in 18-inch fuel beds. But there are also more fundamental errors. Most glaring was Rothermel’s assumption that fire spreads only by radiation, instead of through the convection currents that you see when a campfire flickers.

This assumption isn’t true, and yet for some fires, even huge ones like 2017’s Northwest Oklahoma Complex, which burned more than 780,000 acres, Rothermel’s spread equations still seem to work. But at certain scales, and under certain conditions, fire creates a new kind of system that defies any such attempt

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CES 2021 wrap up: How enterprise tech makes all those smart toilets and robots possible

From smart toilets and disinfecting robots to transparent OLED displays and sleep tech, CES 2021 was a showcase for the latest innovations in consumer and enterprise technology.

CES 2021 is a wrap. And although this year’s all-digital event was a significantly different experience from past shows, there was plenty of innovative tech on display. TechRepublic’s Steve Ranger, Teena Maddox, and Bill Detwiler join Karen Roby to discuss the products and technology trends that stood out. The following is a transcript of their discuss edited for readability.

Smart toilets, disaffecting robots and a flying Cadillac

Karen Roby: Teena, let’s start with you, just general impressions from the show and some things that maybe stood out to you.

Teena Maddox: Sure. As always, it was an interesting CES, full of really cool products. Even though this one was virtual, we still managed to find some really great things to write about for

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