Despite more and more IT jobs being outsourced to countries like India, development skills are in high demand again. This is because paradoxically there is an in-sourcing trend whereby many software development projects are brought back in-house. Obviously, the situation is a result of the increased ventures in Web 2.0 upstarts and what may eventually become Bubble 2.0.
I am currently assessing the RIFE web framework. Not because it is touted as a Ruby on Rails wannabe by some people, but because a very useful web site backs the project and there is no hype around it.