First, let’s look at the trends from Indeed.com:
Much like part 1 of the job trends, the SimplyHired trends are mostly unusable. The data is definitely close to current, but wild swings in demand show me that I cannot trust the data. I will review SimplyHired again in the next installment.
Lastly, we look at the relative growth trends from Indeed.com:
The overall demand trend is similar to the trends in part 1, though these languages show a little more stability. The stability of Ruby and Python are a bright spot in some otherwise dismal trends in Part 1 and this Part 2. For people looking to learn new languages for web development or even some scripting, PERL seems to be losing relevance. I think Python and Ruby have taken over in both of those cases. Due to the popularity of Web CMS systems like WordPress, PHP demand may decline but will stick around for a long time. Please visit the blog in a few days when we look at some relatively newer languages to see if the trends remain the same.
First, we look at the job trends from Indeed.com:
As you can see, there is a definite negative trend over the past three years. Java continues to lead, but its demand is less than half of what it was at its peak in 2009. C++ and C# are following the same trend since 2010, which is a steady decline. I finally determined the appropriate search for Visual Basic, and it shows the clear decline over the entirety of the graph. In this installment, Visual Basic demand finally dips below Objective C. Interestingly, Objective C demand stays fairly flat over the past year. Given this, it makes you wonder whether mobile demand is really that high, or whether it is only replacing some of the application development.
Normally, I would look at the short term trends from SimplyHired, but the searches are not working correctly, especially for C++ and C#. As opposed to previous posts, SimplyHired’s data is much more current, but still not useful for analysis purposes.
Lastly, here is a review of the relative growth from Indeed:
Objective C continues to dominate the relative growth, but it still has a declining trend for over a year. The other languages in this analysis are all seeing a negative trend now, with C# just going negative in the past few months. Visual Basic is showing the largest decline, probably over 80%.
Obviously, there are a number of reasons for this type of decline among this group of languages. It is difficult to assess whether mobile development affects these trends, especially because Java and Objective C are the main languages for native Android and iOS apps. The rise of alternative languages like Scala or Clojure could be contributing to this, as well as the rise of data science and machine learning. Breadth of languages being used, including mature languages like Python and Ruby, could also be affecting these trends and we will look at these in the next few days.