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  • The results of the 2007 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest highlight the trend of increasing competition in software development, and that the United States is quickly losing its position of global dominance in the field, according to statistics. Of all U.S. entries, only MIT was able to crack the contest's top 10. A study conducted by Evans Data shows that while the global population of software developers is expected to grow by 5 million between 2007 and 2010 to 19.5 million, North America will account for just 18 percent of those developers, down from 23 percent today. Meanwhile, Asia-Pacific's share of the developer market will grow to 45 percent, up from 37 percent today. Europe, the Middle East, and Africa's combined share will fall 5 percent to 30 percent by 2010, predicts Evans Data, while Latin America's share will remain 6 percent. ACM's recently published brochure, "Computing Degrees & Careers," describes job opportunities for students with computing degrees. The brochure is part of an effort to provide high school students, educators, and parents with a better understanding of the types of careers that computer science education can lead to. For more information on the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest,
    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 6:16 AM