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Is Python about to take over the once dominant Java? For years, the thought of such a question would be mystified. The perplexed looks on developers faces would scream, “Are you kidding?”. It was assumed that Java would always be the standard that all other languages looked up to. Mind you, this has nothing to do with anything technical. It is a question based purely on usage.

The numbers don't lie, and Python is creeping up on the heels of Java. As one can see from our skills watch, Java is still asked for in more job openings than Python. But, the pace of that request has stagnated. Meanwhile, Python has been on a fairly smooth growth trajectory, increasing by about 30% over the course of the last 18 months. If this trend continues, it appears that Python could pass Java as the most requested language in the next six months.

Blockchain is all the rage! And, Dr. Christian Reitwiessner is in the midst of the storm. As one of the creators of Solidity, we were thrilled that he was willing to take the time to answer questions from the LinuxCareer crew. He provided great depth on his thoughts on not only Solidity, but Ethereum overall. Hopefully, you will find his insight as compelling as we did.

The title of DevOps Engineer has consistently been gaining momentum for over five years. From the outside, it appeared it might be a corporate preference to call an individual a DevOps engineer as opposed to a System Administrator. It was thought they were virtually one and the same. As time has progressed, the nuances that differentiate the two have become apparent.

DevOps's existence is primarily the result of the cloud. Being able to automate a lot of the tasks done by a traditional System Administrator, the evolution of the DevOps role took shape. The previously known System Administrator was now being asked to collaborate with software development and product management to ensure efficiency in the process of releasing software. To further detail the DevOps position, Wikipedia describes it as follows:

Devops is a software development and delivery process that emphasizes communication and collaboration between product management, software development, and operations professionals. It seeks to automate the process of software integration, testing, deployment and infrastructure changes by establishing a culture and environment where building, testing, and releasing software can happen rapidly, frequently, and more.
Therefore, gone were the days of configuring and maintaining a network. Sure, one was going to still be responsible for such tasks, but the transition occurred. To put it bluntly, a DevOps engineer can generally do everything a System Administrator can do, but not vice versa.

One interesting caveat to ponder is when companies advertise for a DevOps Engineer role, is it truly a DevOps position? Not surprisingly, it is hard to say. Do companies utilize the DevOps name with the hope of attracting a certain talent base when the position is in all actuality a System Administrator role? Why not attract talent that has a broader skill set even if it is not necessarily needed on day one? I am sure this is taking place, but to what extent is again hard to say.

What we know is the numbers are showing strong growth in the DevOps title and a decline in the System Administrator one. In the last 18 months, we have seen an increase of over 50% in the number of advertisements that include a title of DevOps Engineer. This is happening while the search results for System Administrator show a 50% decline over the same period, thus canceling each other out for the most part. Overall, companies are currently utilizing the DevOps title five times that of the System Administrator title.

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