I read and wanted to point you out a very interesting article titled "How to Make an American Job Before It's Too Late" and written by Andy Grove, Intel co-founder and CEO for many years.

The article is published on Bloomberg at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-01/how-to-make-an-american-job-before-it-s-too-late-andy-grove.html. It covers technical jobs in general, not only and specifically IT and computer programming, but it certainly applies. It is a long article, but well worth the read. Regardless what you think of his proposals to limit off-sourcing, the numbers he #34es are impressive (like the ratio of Apple employees and foreign workers making Apple computers).

In Italy the situation is not identical, but the trend is similar. There are big debates on the rules for applying a "Made in Italy" label on a product... that's designed in Italy but made in other countries... with the last few stitches (literally in case of fashion products) given in Italy after 99% of the work was done abroad. I don't think this is fare.

PS. I do have a few more Delphi / programming-oriented posts in line, this week has been quite messed up and I have limited connectivity and bandwidth during summer. But we'll get back to blogging some more...